Hope Wissel

Happy Birthday MOM

Happy Birthday MOM!  This blog is for you….

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I won’t disclose your age but you DEFINITELY don’t look it. We may not be together today but I am wishing you a day filled with happiness.  Let me tell you a little about this AMAZING woman…

Growing up, Mom was always there.  She made sure that our home was always open to my friends – I mean we were the house to go to after a basketball game or when there was no place else to go.  I may not have been thrilled but I was grateful that I could pick up the phone and say – I am on my way with 2, 10, 25 or more people.  The house was always stocked with snacks.  After my Junior Prom, my parents made breakfast for over 300 kids.  Yes, the parade of non-stop kids through the house was a little more than this teenager was ready for but mom stood strong.

Off to college I went and there were struggles.  Freshman year, my parents divorced and it wasn’t easy.  I was in Rhode Island while mom was home holding down the fort.  Scrimping pennies to make sure that I had a home to come back to.  They were tough years but we had fun.  She often traveled to Rhode Island for a weekend where we toured the mansions of Newport, shopped in Fall River and she even camped out in my dorm room.  After college, I headed home to work locally, moving back in with mom.  We spent endless nights walking the boardwalk in Ocean Grove.  Fast forward to my move to Egg Harbor Township and more years of rough roads.  In my addiction, I admit that I pulled away and mom practiced some tough love but our relationship survived the test.  Along came Belinda and in the beginning there were struggles but through it all – mom was there.  She helped emotionally, financially and physically.  Despite some differences and hiccups in the road – she was there.

When Belinda left for college and I moved to Brick, it was a rough time for both of us.  Lives changed – I had a new hubby and that one hour drive to visit in Mays Landing sometimes feels like an eternity.  We don’t spend as much time together as I would like – a definite TO DO this year is “plan at least once a month day with mom”.  I probably don’t say it a lot and I am sure at times she wonders what I am thinking but the truth is I learned ALOT from my mom. She taught me: how to be strong when life is rough, how to save and budget (okay, so this is a lesson I am still learning),  the importance of family and about being a mom.  She reminds me to believe in myself (you would think I would know this by now).  I can honestly say that my mom is one of my best friends.

Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do.  Thank you for always being there for me.  I love you!  I hope that you have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

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