Saturday, May 8, 2010

Meet the Moms

I’ve been extremely lucky to have many positive and loving female influences through the years. In honor of Mother’s Day, I want to introduce you to three of them.

My mom Judy
 
With my stepfather, Ron

My mom and I have always been close and have rarely fought—except briefly during those pesky teen years when I would have fought with Mother Teresa. We share a deep love of animals, reading, plants and playing cards (and recently, dominoes). We can talk for hours or sit in silence. I know that whatever I choose to do, she will support and encourage me 100%. When I think of her, I think of deep love and acceptance. I don’t think a person can ask more of a parent than that.

My stepmother Shyla

At play in Jackson, WY (that's me in the background)

When my decidedly not-wicked stepmother married my father many years ago, she said she’d always wanted a daughter. She has always treated me as exactly that: her own daughter. We’ve shopped together, worked out together, played games and cards, and talked for hours.  She's always ready to have fun, whether it's riding a roller coaster or hitting the golf course.  I will be forever grateful that she accepted me immediately, loved me, and became part of my dad’s life and my own.

My mother-in-law Carol


On the Great Wall of China

My husband’s mom has become a surrogate mother to me, since both my mom and my stepmom are in California and I’m in Florida. She has also been loving and accepting from the first day I met her. So many women I know don’t have that kind of relationship with their mothers-in-law. I have a son of my own now, and I see how a mother might have mixed emotions, to say the least, about a girl her son fell in love with. Three years ago this summer, we put our relationship to the test by traveling through Greece together on a tour, sharing hotel rooms and a tiny ship’s cabin while we cruised the Aegean. As far as I’m concerned, we had a completely successful trip—with no cross words between us the entire time.
 
I hope I can live up to the examples these three women have set. I love them and I’m blessed with their presence in my life.

Happy Mother’s Day to them, and to all of you!

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8 comments:

Scrappy Cat said...

How wonderful that you have such good relationships with all of your mothers. I am also fairly close to my mother, and I had a good relationship with my mother-in-law too. And I love my daughter-in-law and think we have a good relationship as well. But I know that a lot of women can't say the same - so we're both very lucky.

Laure Ferlita said...

What a blessed life you have! Happy Mother's Day to you and all your "mothers!"

Claire M said...

You are indeed blessed with 3 Mothers. Happy Mother's Day to all of you!!

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Thanks for the good wishes--I know I am blessed, and I surely hope that I will have as good a relationship with my own future daughter-in-law. (I've always wanted a daughter, too!) So Cheryl, I'm glad to hear from someone else who has a loving relationship with an in-law.

Maria Stahl said...

I wish I had known you had a blog years ago, Kathy. :) So glad you joined Facebook.

I just sent my eldest daughter a link to that photo of your mom and stepdad, as they were the people who gave her her beloved white teddy bear when she was a baby. She has him at college right now. :)

Meredith said...

How wonderful, Kathy, that you have these three wise and very different women in your life. So much to be grateful for.

Happy Mother's Day to you, too! I just got back from spending two days with my Mom in Atlanta, and it was so good. Moms are awesome. :)

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Maria--Don't feel too bad...I've just had the blog since November. It was great to hear from you--and I can't believe your daughter's in college! I'll be sure to tell my mom about the teddy bear. She'll get a big kick out of that.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Meredith--Glad you got to spend some time with your mom. You're so right--moms are awesome.