Mother’s Day is tomorrow and I still haven’t gotten anything for my dear, sweet mommy. It’s really difficult to find a gift for someone when a.) she already has a ton of junk you’ve given her over the last 26 years that she wants to get rid of and b.) you have no money.
I’d like to tell you a bit about my mom.
- Her name is Kim but she goes by Kimberly at work because there’s another Kim in the office and she doesn’t want anyone to get confused. Mom’s a giver.
- She’s worked as a Nurse at Abbott for the last 35 years, part of it in the OB ward and part of it in OB Homecare.
- She says she’s known that her calling was to be a Nurse since she was a little girl and she’s never wanted to be anything else. I remember her showing us kids pictures from her dermatology textbook for fun. It might be why I decided to become a Paramedic.
mom and dad in love
- She met my dad, Steve, at church. He was her Bible study teacher. Their families had known each other since approximately the beginning of time. My mom and dad are 7 years apart so it would’ve been weird and gross if they had started dating when she was in high school and dad was already out of college. Lucky for them, they started dating when mom was just out of high school. She was 18 and he was 25. Scandalous!
- Dad proposed in the summer of 1976, right after mom cut her luscious brown locks into a pixie cut. They didn’t want to wait a whole year so they got married on October 16, 1976, four days after my mom’s 21st birthday. Mom had super short hair and she says that’s the only thing she regrets about the wedding. They got married in the same church where they met. Awwwww. (Most of my extended and immediate family has been baptized, confirmed and married there. They should just call it St. Blomberg’s Lutheran Church of the Holy Cross.)
- Mom had two boys (Mike and Jamie) and she thought she was done with having babies. She was bummed out that she didn’t have a little girl, so I took pity on her and invaded her womb in 1985.
weirdly awesome photography
- She has a lot of hobbies and interests. She loves gardening, photography and photographing her garden. She also loves Viggo Mortensen. A lot. Mom has good taste.
- Mom is also a big time nerd. She loves Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who and the Moody Blues. NERD!!
- She loves reading. She can read a 1000 page book in one sitting, no problem. She gets really into it and totally forgets about her actual surroundings. If you try to talk to her while she’s engrossed in a book, she won’t hear you. If she responds, she’ll trail off and start reading again. It’s charming.
- She has a habit of saying “well, how’s that gonna work?” anytime you have an idea that comes close to being far-fetched. “Mom, I’m thinking about going to Los Angeles to help my friend move.” “How’s that gonna work?” “Mom, I’m thinking about getting a face transplant to look more like Andrea from 90210.” “Who’s that and how’s that gonna work?” “Mom, I’m thinking about building a spaceship and piloting a one-woman expedition to Mars.” “How’s that gonna work?!”
long line of beauty
- She’s the best-looking mom ever and I’m not saying that because she’s my mom (well, kind of). Put her in a lineup with 10, nay, 20 moms of people my age and she’ll win, hands down. She’s a beaut (not a butte, a beaut).
- She’s loosened up a lot over the years. She used to be pretty conservative and laced up, as I remember it. My dad has had a huge impact on that, though. Dad’s a big time Democrat and really good at convincing people of things. Put those together and add a woman in love with him and you have a convert. He would be a great politician. My brother being gay has also helped her loosen up and see things from a different point of view. It’s been a cool thing to watch.
- Mom loves to sing. She’s in the choir at St. Blomberg’s and occasionally at St. Mark’s. When she’s listening to her iPod while cleaning, she hums to herself and doesn’t even realize it. On the way to church on Sunday mornings when she has to sing, she does a vocal warm up where she goes “geeeeeoooowwwww!!!” really loudly. She has a joke that she scared herself doing it once and thought a cop was following her. She claims it’s a joke, anyway…
- The most important thing in mom’s life is definitely Jesus. She’s a devout follower of Christ and one of the best examples of what that means. She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body and she accepts people for who they are at face value. She knows what the true meaning of “love” is and she’s implemented that into her actions for as long as I can remember. She tries not to judge people and when she finds herself doing it, she catches herself and stops. She goes to Bible study every Monday night and does her homework thoughtfully. Her Bible is covered in writing and highlighted verses from her studying the Scripture.
In conclusion, my mom is an amazing example of how to be a strong woman, a fearless Christian, a comforting mother, a loving wife, an informed Democrat, a compassionate Nurse and a wonderful human being. I love you more than you can ever know, mom, thank you. (Don’t worry, this isn’t your gift.)
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