Love You, Mom!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Hands down one of my favorite pictures of my family…and currently sits at my desk at work!

 Happy Mother’s Day to all the incredible amazing women who raised and guided us through this crazy life.

Special shout out to my wonderful mom, Gail! I seriously do not know where I would be without my mom. She always puts her family first and is the glue that keeps us all together. She always gives the best advice, is the ultimate multitasker, and the most patient woman I know. I cannot imagine what my life would be like without her. Andy and I are incredibly fortunate to have a mom (and parents!) that we always can always come to with anything. I distinctly remember a car ride with my brother and mom years ago, when we talked about the dynamics between our friends and their parents vs. us with our parents. Basically, our parents won hands down (and I am sure my brothers friends will agree, they basically lived at my house all of high school). It’s not like my parents let us run wild or anything, but I always thought that my parents were the most understanding. They knew what it was like to be a kid and disciplined appropriately (often with many jokes thrown in, remind me to tell you the story of my birthday senior year of high school). My parents are the ultimate ying and yang relationship, and somehow managed to raise two pretty stellar kids (if I do say so myself!)

I cannot put into words how thankful I am for the relationship I have with my mom. Growing up, my mom never made me feel insecure. I remember countless meals with friends at their homes where their mothers told them to eat less or wear less makeup, or horror of all horrors compared me to their friends saying “Why can’t you be more like Allison…” (seriously most uncomfortable meal ever!). My mom never nitpicked or made me feel like I was unworthy. Daily she told me that I was beautiful and amazing, which eventually allowed me to see myself the way she saw me, without seeing what I thought were my glaring flaws. Over the years we have grown incredibly close. In college I called my mom everyday. Now I know what you are thinking, that’s so weird! But in reality it was just to catch up on life. I always called her when I was walking to class or killing time between meetings. My dad was really worried at first when he heard I was calling my mom every day. Once he realized I was just talking to her about my day, not calling out of homesickness, he realized it wasn’t a bad thing. Even though I graduated a year ago (almost to the day!), I still call my mom every day when I walk home from work through Central Park. My closest friends will tell you, she is my best friend. This last year has been a lot of transitions, between graduating, living at home, landing an amazing job, moving out, and living in the big city, I have definitely been unsure of myself on more than one occasion. Although I have wonderful friends, I am grateful to my mom for supporting me and pushing me when I needed it. She is the ultimate Wonder Woman.

I mentioned in a previous post on my mom’s birthday a song that my mom loves because it is filled with the hopes she has for my brother and I. I realized today that I have never told my mom the song that always makes me think of her. “Best Day” by Taylor Swift perfectly encompasses my mom (and my family) because growing up I had countless best days with my mom. I have an excellent father, and my brother inside and out is truly better than I am, and my mom is the prettiest woman in the whole wide world.

I love you Mom!

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