This is all Gretchen’s fault. If this post makes you cry (and I am talking to my dear family members), you can blame her.
This week, her prompt for Spin Cycle is to write about a woman who is your role model.
I tried NOT to go with the obvious choice.
There are SO many women to choose from. I have been inspired by women I know and women I don’t know. Women from the past and women from the present.
But there is one woman who made me the woman I am today.
My mom is not my role model because of all the quilts she made, although she inspired me to start quilting.
Mom is not my role model because she took voice lessons on and off her whole life, although people at church have told me I have a voice like hers. (They are being so kind, but it is simply not true!)
She is not even my role model because she survived breast cancer for twenty-six years with such dignity and supported me through my own diagnosis of breast cancer.
All of these things certainly do inspire me. HOWEVER…
…my mom listened to me rambled on and on with my teen-aged thoughts when she came home from work and had to make dinner.
She gave me voice lessons and was my best cheerleader before high school musical auditions.
Mom spoke her mind, and told me when I was not dating the right boy, and as much as I hated to admit it, in my heart I knew she was right.
She told me not to be mad at my new husband, and told me all about her first fight with my dad.
Thrilled to be a grandma, she encouraged me as a new mom. When I was struggling with temper tantrums and potty training, Mom always had words of comfort and advice.
Simply put, Mom is my role model and my inspiration because she is MY MOM.
For more Spins about inspirational role models, visit Gretchen at Second Blooming.