Friday, January 30, 2009

May 1995

Do you know my mom? Let me give you a little background...
My mother was a very young mother. Too young. She had my sister very early in her first marriage and I followed two years later. It didn't take long for that marriage to end and then she was left with two small girls alone. How does a single mother do it? Seriously, I want to know.

My mother did it. She raised my sister and I to be confident and strong. She told us we were smart, pretty, gifted, talented, the best. We always came first, were number one. She would believe our story over anyone else's. She gave us little things to make us happy and feel appreciated.

I always felt loved by my mother.

Yesterday she sent me a package, completely out of the blue. That, in itself, is not surprising; she sends the kids things all the time. In the package was stickers for the Ms and a book, Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch. I'm sure we have all read this book. I have read it a million times and probably cry every time. I saw the book and thought how sweet that my mother had bought this book for us. When I opened it I saw this note that I had wrote almost 14 years ago!

(May 1995)
Mum-
I hope raising Wendy and me wasn't too much trouble. I hope the three of us will always be together. Save this book for Chance and possibly my future kids.
I love you,
Niki

My mother wrote this note to me:
I read this note you wrote me and cried. How wonderful you are. Trouble? Never! I was such a terrible mom. I think that's why you turned out to be a Great Mom. I wish I could have been a mom like you. I love you.


8 comments:

Jenna said...

Lots of tears on my end!!! Your mom sounds amaazing and I too everytime I read that book to Logan. Isnt it wonderful being a mom!

Sarah said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. I adore your mom!! I hate winter - I never see her (this outdoor stuff is not my thang when the ground is covered with snow!).

And I love "I Love You Forever" - makes me cry.

Amber and Chris said...

My nephew just had his amputation for FH last month. He is 11 months and my sister reads your blog. I, also, now read it.
I am getting married in two weeks and have been struggling to find the perfect gift for my Mom until I read your post today. I bought her "I Love You Forever" this morning. Thank you for your blog.

BethGo said...

How lovely.

The older I get, the more I think that the beauty truly is in loving.

Laura said...

Oh my gosh... what a wonderful story. You are SO lucky... as is your Mom!! Cheers for all the wonderful Moms out there!

Niki said...

Amber, thanks for coming by and leaving a note. I hope your nephew is doing smashingly well like Madeleine :)
congratulations on your wedding!

Tara Dembowczyk said...

Oh, goodness...what a wonderful thing to cherish!!

Holly said...

waaaah! i love bobbie! you guys are the best