Hope Wissel

Happy Mother’s Day

a mother's love

Mother’s Day has many meanings for me, for I am blessed to be a daughter, a step-daughter and a MOM!  This year will be a little tougher as I am working and the miles will keep me from the ones that I love.

To my mom, we have had our rough spots over the years but I think every mom and daughter do. You have stuck by me through thick and thin, good times and bad with LOTS of great memories along the way. As a child, you were there to guide and support me.

Growing up, mom was the one who opened our house to the neighborhood. You know the place where all of your friends wanted to go while you were secretly hoping to go somewhere else.  Just because it was YOUR house and YOUR parents. I wasn’t a rebel kid or anything but I just wanted to be somewhere other than in my parent’s range of vision. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED that they let this happen – I mean we always had a house full. Breakfast for 300 plus after Junior Prom served by my parents with mom leading the charge. House open to friends after basketball games and the frig was always well-stocked. Then there was my graduation party where anyone who drank got to crash on the floor of the rec room – no questions asked.

Fast forward through some growing pain years as I ventured to Atlantic City. I probably was not the ideal daughter but despite my craziness, mom stuck by me. I didn’t always want her help but I always knew she was there. She supported me emotionally and financially (when needed) for many years. I have to admit, I probably took advantage of her giving nature. She was believed that “that is what parent’s are for” so she very seldom said no.  I am sorry for the hurt that I caused you and the strain that was placed on our relationship.

Fast forward again to becoming a grandmother. I admit, my pregnancy as a single mom was  hard for her but once she saw her granddaughter’s smiling face – her heart melted. I know that I don’t say things often enough and we still have our struggles – I mean what family doesn’t, right?

She taught me about strength. She taught me about kindness. She taught me how to be a good mom. She taught me about cherishing my family. Mom, thank you for all of the lessons you gave me. I may not have always appreciated them at the time, but I am grateful for them now as an older, wiser and more mature woman.

I am who I am today because you allowed me to grow and struggle through the bumps in the road. I am who I am today because you loved me when I didn’t love myself. Thank you…..Happy Mother’s Day to the BEST MOM in the world. I love you!

To my daughter, Belinda who makes MY Mother’s Day so special. They say you never know what it means to be a mom until you have a child – I agree 100%. I now understand why my mom put up with everything (the good, the bad & the ugly) all of those years. My daughter is my heart. It was “you and me, kid” for most of your life and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Being a single mom had its struggles but with the love and support of family and friends we made it.  As a child, you were a challenge – having your own opinion and questioning everything but you helped me to grow as a person too.  You have grown into an AMAZING woman that I am proud to say is “my daughter”.

To those who have lost their moms, cherish the memories. To those who have a strained relationship with them, reach out, re-connect – bless and move on – for you don’t want to live with regrets when they are gone.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms and those who have been like a mom to so many.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day.

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