No matter what kind of mother you are, today is for you.
My mom and I had a hard relationship for many years...I think we are more alike than either of us likes to admit. But, I wouldn't be the woman I am today without her. Through good and bad all she ever wanted was for me to be me, to live the life I always dreamed of, and be happy; truly content and satisfied, but never settling for less than.
She worked hard to provide great experiences for us when we younger, even if we resisted, she was usually right. Even the sheepherding.
I guess I was 12 or so and we were going on a family field trip, or "down the road a piece" as my parents would say. My mom had planned the whole thing, picnic lunch, blankets to sit on, and a day filled with family fun. I had other ideas. I would have rather been at home riding my bike around the big lake, playing with friends, or doing ANYTHING but hanging out with my boring family!
We all hopped in the family wagon and made our way down the road to a farm somewhere in the middle of nowhere Virginia. I sulked the entire time. (Side note: there is a farm not far from my house that I pass every so often that makes me think of this trip every time, it is exactly like I remember this place.)
When we got to the event it was packed, dogs, sheep, ducks, geese, people! I was intrigued, BUT NOT GIVING IN! (stubborn much?) During some of the down time my mom suggested we tour the house on the grounds. I whined, moaned, and complained, then decided for sure I was not going, I flat out refused. I was left sitting on the picnic blanket alone.
While I was out there by myself I remember thinking how stupid this whole thing was, mumbling to myself, what I would do if I was in charge but then started to get distracted by a handler and his dog rounding up some big white ducks. He was directing the dog with whistles and really short confusing commands. I was confused, but the dogs were so serious, and focused on getting those ducks to do what their handler wanted.
I think I relaxed a bit after my family returned and finally put the walls down. I was having a good time. My mom thought we would have fun, and she was right, it just took a little longer for me to give into her plan.
I look back at many of the things we did as a family together and I'm glad my mom made me do them. I've had experiences some people will never have, things they think are silly or not worthwhile, but really they could be the greatest memories just waiting to happen.
Thanks Mommy for making me DO STUFF I thought was 'stupid'. I love you!