momstown's spent the last six weeks thanking our moms for everything they've done for us, and continue to do. And we've loved hearing our readers' comments and memories throughout.
Here are some of the highlights that stood out for us:
Memories of Music
My mom raised myself and 3 siblings, while putting herself through nursing school. Ever since I can remember, we were enjoying the gift of music. Finances were tight, but my mom found the time and money to pay for piano lessons. We didn't have one of our own, but right next door at my grandma's house was a beautiful piano to practice on.
Lessons of Literacy
My mom swears I could read a book before I could walk; my reponse is always "I guess you were a good teacher"! I still love to read & I knew when I had kids, I wanted to teach them how important & fun reading can be. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I used to read "baby the places you'll go" by Dr. Seuss.
Nutrition made fun
I love cooking with my mom, from when I was a small little girl to now. I love cooking for her, with her and I love learning her recipes. When I was small we would always bake/cook together. My mom always made dinner and we would all sit down to eat as a family. I remember helping her with the cakes and licking the bowl or helping her make the icing or making sure the smarties got on the cake just right.
Fitness as a family
My mom always encouraged us to do active things. She encouraged us to sign up for sports activities with the caveat that there was no quitting part way through the year. I was in soccer, gymnastics, bowling, and basketball at different times. We were most often outside playing for hours and hours. We went for bike rides as a family.
Science & Discovery
My mom had us outside as much as she could when we were kids. Growing up on a farm, there was always so much to discover. She would take us back to our bush and let us explore. My brother and I made forts, found plants and made friends with animals. My memories of this are pure magic. She does the same thing with my kids.
The Importance of Play
Too true, what we remember as kids is the real, unadulterated play time. I strive every day to offer the same freedom for my children, but it is (and has to be) a conscious effort most days. Thank goodness for the mums like the one described in this blog. I smiled. I reminisced. I vowed to continue to encourage my kids to play. Thank you!
Thanks to all the wonderful moms out there - and Happy Mother's Day!