Today I had one of those “A-ha” moments. I was painting Miss E’s room and I was exhausted. I started the project yesterday and finished today. (Hooray!) Anyhow, I thought of all the times in my life my mom has worked beyond what she should have been physically capable of. Put another way, I thought of how easy it would have been for her to throw in the towel and simply not do what needed to be done, but she didn’t.
Her resolve and her sense of humor have helped give a framework to my life.
This is not to say that we always got along. We didn’t. As is typical in many families we fought. We distanced ourselves from each other. The details would fill a book or two.
As time has gone on I have come to appreciate my parents so much more than I would have thought possible.