If My Mom Was Here

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My mom lives in Germany and we speak every week via Skype, yet I often wished she were closer. If my mom was here, I could just pop in and take her away at a whims notice, to share something newly found, or just to sit and chat with her.

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I would get us some ice cream and listen as she would tell me that I should have ordered the kids size for myself. Why put on extra pounds after all this walking?!

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As we would walk hand in hand, (well me more trying to keep her from falling) through rows of ranunculus, I would listen as she would tell me how I should grow them in my garden and get rid of those half dead things I call flowers.  

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Then we would both look at all the beautiful flowers - for a about a second in quiet before mom would be telling me that she is starting to melt under this California sun. I would roll my eyes and guide her back to the car. 

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I would also buy her some flowers and watch her face light up and brace myself for another lecture about not wasting money on cut flowers, since they die too fast! I would just smile and on the way back to the car tell her ....

that her granddaughter doesn't eat just any ice cream, she is a health nut and skinny as a twig. I would say she hates roses and just uprooted all of them - who does that?! I would say I froze my butt off in Salt Lake City and prefer melting over freezing any day .... Do you see a pattern emerging? 

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I always thought I would be soooo different from my mom, yet I do the same things to my kids. I question how they do things, offer unsolicited advice and yup - nag. Mom's nag because we don't understand new ways of doing things and because we want only the best for our loved ones. I wish my mom was here nagging why I am posting pictures of myself and sharing stuff about our family- she would say that some things should just stay private. I would tell her absolutely while hitting publish and get up to give her a bear hug :)

Love you MOM :)

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