my momma is one amazing woman. i realize this more and more the older i get and the more time i spend around her.
i look back on my teen years and man, was i a b*%@!. i am just going to blame that on hormones and move on.
we are similar in a lot of ways, my mom and i. i'm not saying this to draw some sort of parallel to the previous statement about my mom being amazing, but i say it to illustrate that our strong personalities clash at times. they used to though, more than now. we are both pretty stubborn in our own ways of doing things and that has made for some difficult moments. again, those teen years, geesh!
about 7 years ago, my parents got asked to move overseas. first to Israel, where they lived for 5 years and now in Chile, where they reside. they left everything they knew, and mostly, their family and us two girls, and moved house completely. in a new location, new language, new food, new friends, new experiences. and i swear it's made them younger and even more open minded and, didn't think it was possible, even more awesome.
these days i recognize mom in a different way, probably the way she has always been. she is so patient. she is so full of love, it bursts out of the sides of her wide smile and her joyful eyes. she is a servant. she gives and gives and gives with almost no thought to herself. and she is loved by so many. she takes such good care of me. in her home is one of the only places that i feel completely safe and completely taken care of.
and she is so fearless. take learning Spanish, for example. she came to Chile knowing very little and every day she would go out and talk to neighbors, and stumble over words, and laugh at herself, and just try new things. today, the whole block knows her. "Hola" she chimes, as she walks down the street. they all look up and smile and come over to chat. and i'm so proud. she teaches my sister and i in everything she does what it means to care for others because she so beautifully cares for us.
and she is so much fun. we stay up late watching movies, look at pictures together on facebook, play games, eat cake when we shouldn't, and share stories.
she is the best. she is my friend now, not just my mom.
but forever and always she will be someone who inspires my heart.