A Tribute to Mama Prevention
Everyone thinks their mommy is the best, because they are. My mom is infamous famous for saying, “Every child gets what every child needs.” And as I’ve grown older and wiser, this makes more and more sense to me. My little brother and I are very different people, and we’ve needed different things from mom. When I think of my mom, a few “awww” moments stand out.
As I trained for my first marathon, my parents would drive me to a trail that ran through the Chicago suburbs and would stage themselves along the trail to give me water and at the end, to take me home. They were as involved in my training as I was (I was 17 at the time). And on marathon day, my parents were in the city with signs, ready to cheer on their “Sugar Girl”, as my mom always calls me. After I finished the marathon, my mom started clipping snipets from the Chicago Tribune on what percentage of people finish a marathon and what an elite “club” I now belonged to. She made me a scrapbook to document this experience and gave it to me for my birthday that year. She’s added to it with my following marathons and half marathons. I think that finishing a my first marathon was one of her proudest moments. She has such a respect for marathoners and enjoys the energy of large marathons like the Chicago Marathon.
I also remember my mom dropping me off for my first day of college. We packed up my dad’s Suburban to capacity and drove the 2 1/2 hours south to Champaign, Illinois where the University of Illinois is located. They moved me in, stocked my mini fridge with healthy foods, and we stood in the U-drive of my dorm…sobbing. It was probably that day, at that moment, that I recognized my mom for what she is: my best friend. I know she cried most the way home, just as I did for most of that afternoon. And that good-bye has never gotten much easier. I’m typically the girl at the airport sobbing because I just said goodbye to my mommy. No lie.
My mom has always supported my love for nutrition and fitness. She attended most of my Weight Watchers meetings with me as I lost 75 pounds in high school, and has supported my continuous weight battle ever since. And she is a huge supporter of my blogging efforts here at Prevention RD. She has made strides in their household to clean up their diet and maintain a healthy lifestyle, and she’s trying so many new recipes now, too! She belongs to a gym and exercises regularly, though she’s always been a modest eater — one of those that “eats to live, not live to eat” as the saying goes. 😉
And while I’m not with her today (:( ), I hope the sunflowers I sent her brightened her day (she LOVES sunflowers!)…and I look forward to her visit with the family in a few weeks here in Tulsa. 😀
Happy Mother’s Day to my mommy, my best friend!
I am also lucky enough to have a wonderful, beautiful mother-in-law! She, too, is a huge supporter of my blogging endeavors, and lives a healthy lifestyle, too. We’ve always had that in common! Plus, we’re both rather fond of Mr. Prevention 🙂
Love you, moms!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!
Question: What do you love most about your mom? What do you think has been your mom’s proudest moment in raising you?