Happy Mothers Day to Nancy Tucker, my mom.
I missed going home this year. I had planned to be there, but Delaney’s dance recital was moved up a week and we had to stay home. I did call her this morning.
I know just about everyone thinks their mom is the greatest, but it would be impossible for anyone to convince me their mom is in the same ballpark with mine.
I got my sense of humor from my mom along with most of my personality. I may look just like my dad but I act like my mom. The thing I think I’ve taken most from mom is attitude. She decides each morning that she’s going to be in a good mood and even though she faces some of the same rude people we all face, more times than not she decides to not let them ruin her day or her mood.
She’s always been supportive. When I had to move home 16 years ago after losing a job and a marriage, mom and dad encouraged me. They didn’t flinch when I told them I wanted to find another job in television instead of taking a job as a salesman or plant worker. They waited patiently while I kept looking for work with a tv station. They were supportive when I made the tough decision to leave Alabama and move to Memphis and take their grandson 4 hours away. They’ve been unbelievably supportive after I lost that tv job last summer and started my own business.
I prayed for 10 years that God would help me find a job closer to them so I could bring their grandkids to within babysitting distance. Even though my mom doesn’t like us living so far away, she understands what I have to do and why I’m doing it.
My mom took me to every little league practice I ever had. Most importantly, she made sure I went to church every time the doors were open. She was my high school teacher. A lot of kids would resent having their mom in the same school, but they didn’t have my mom as a mom. She wasn’t just mom, she was always my friend.
As I got older and learned to drive, she let me go. Having my own 15 year old daughter now, I understand how difficult that was for her.
So thanks mom. For my personality, my sense of humor, my desire to make people smile, my parenting skills, my love for Christ, my nature, my love for a good cup of coffee, for hot home-made biscuits every morning, for washing my clothes, for encouraging me, for caring, for teaching me that getting a hug from your mom or dad in front of your friends isn’t a bad thing, for ironing my shirts, for gas and date money, for listening, for everything.
I’ll see you in a couple of weeks.