Celebrating Mother’s Day Cross Country
May 10, 2015
Filed Under: Personal
This is the first Mother’s Day that I haven’t been with my mom in person. I realize now how much I took our close proximity for granted when I was living in Michigan, and I miss her so much! My mom has always been a huge source of support for me. Even when I was in my awful teenage years (and sometimes awful non-teenage days) she has consistently been the best listener I know, gives the soundest advice, and loves me unconditionally.
Growing up, I had friends tell me that my relationship with my mom was a little different. The topics we’ve felt comfortable talking about, the things we tell each other, and the way we interact with each other does not reflect the typical mother/daughter relationship, and I’m so thankful for that. The past several years have been huge for both of us and for our relationship with each other, and now, more than ever, I can absolutely say my mom is my best friend. One of the biggest things that has changed over the years is that when I was younger, I used to resent my mom for telling me what to do, and now I constantly ask her to. (Seriously, this woman gives SOLID advice.)
This year for Mother’s Day I knew I had to do something extra special. After all, I probably wouldn’t have been brave or confident enough to move across the country in the first place if it wasn’t for her faith in me. My mom has never been huge on gifts, but she does love surprises. So when I decided to team up with Shari’s Berries and send my mom two days worth of Mother’s Day treats, I chose to keep it a surprise!
On the first day, my mom received a bouquet of tulips. These are some of her favorite flowers, and are incredibly popular this time of year in Michigan, so I knew she would appreciate them. I woke up on the morning of Day One and my mom had already received the tulips and posted on Facebook about it. (I promise I don’t sleep in that late, it’s a three hour time difference!) She also followed up with a text saying, “They are so beautiful! I love them!!! I truly do love tulips so much.” Little did she know there was another day in store …
I woke up the morning of Day Two and, again, my mom had already received her gift. A dozen chocolate covered strawberries arrived on her doorstep in Michigan before I even got out of bed in California! Like the first day, she posted on Facebook and texted right away. “I received another package today! That was the best chocolate covered strawberry I’ve ever eaten and I have 11 more! You are unbelievable…I am not that good of a mom to deserve all this! <3″
p.s. Mom, you are a good enough mom to worry about my finances when you have flowers on the counter and delicious strawberries in the fridge.
(Sidenote to potential landlords doing a really in depth background check: I do pay my rent. Promise. She was being funny.)
I feel incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to show my mom how much she means to me from all the way across the country with the help of Shari’s Berries. I hope I show her this every day through phone calls and text messages, but she definitely deserved some extra spoiling for all she’s done as a mother – including raising me to be a strong and independent woman, supporting me during tough times, standing behind my (sometimes questionable) decisions, and encouraging me to follow my dreams, even if it meant moving all the way across the country.
Thank you for everything, Mom. I love you endlessly!