And that’s been super, super hard for me.
As a kid I thought I would grow up and be just like my mother – a stay-at-home mom with side business, a strong-willed woman with a love for sports, and a handful of kids whose lives she was heavily involved in.
When my parents got divorced and I realized that it’s not the 90’s anymore, I realized that would never be my life.
I still aim to give my kids everything she gave us – attention, love, lessons, involvement, pressure, support, hugs, and everything in between. She was (and is!) an amazing mom.
Today I am the exact age – to the day – that my mom was when she had me. To be fair, she was already married, and my dad had a long-term job, and they had a very affordable living situation. She gave up her career and had me. And there’s a part of me that wishes for that flexibility, but we live in a two-income-family town, and there’s no way around that.
I am endlessly thankful for the opportunities I’ve had and that I do have. But I will always know that that day has passed, and things are different now. The world is a different place in every way, but is it bad to wish for simpler times? Maybe.
It’s a hard day to move past, in a life where all I can think about is building a family and a life with the Guy I love, but I try to remind myself each day that everything I do, I do for future us.
Give your mom a hug today, for me.