When I was growing up I kept a running list in my head of things I would do differently when I grew up and became a mother. I would never punish my children in any way. I would let them stay up as late as they wanted. I would let them have all the candy and cake they wanted. You get the picture.
It probably comes as no surprise that the list went right out the window when I did grow up and have kids of my own.
Oh, there's just so much I want to write here, but I've been trying really hard to keep private things private when it comes to other family members. The last time I posted anything mom-related was here. Even though that was written not very long ago, my outlook has changed and matured.
I now realize that they might not be ready to accept me as a "friend." They might never be able to. There's one of them that I'm not even sure likes me. That's ok. You see I went through so many phases with my own mother that I have to allow them the same space and time.
Usually in this spot I post a video that ties in with the theme and it's usually pretty obvious why I chose it. This time I need to do a little explaining..
My mother was married to her third husband for over 25 years before he passed away from cancer. He was the only "Papa" my kids ever knew. The last time they came up to visit before he got too sick to travel I played this song for my mom because it had been a favorite of hers since it came out way back when.
Her husband had been sitting on the couch listening to us "girls" talk and talk (like mothers and daughters will do). When the song started playing, her husband stood up and asked her if she would do him the honor of dancing with him. Of course she said yes.. and it is a memory I will cherish forever.