In honor of Mother’s Day and having the best mother in the world, I share what my mom has taught me about life, being a woman, and anything in between.
I am very lucky to have a great relationship with my family, and they will all have a special place in my life and in my heart that no one can replace. My mom, however, was the main female role model I had as a little girl, and I have learned so much from her. So, I’m sharing what my momma has taught me, whether it be purposeful or accidental, and I hope it will teach you something too.
Embrace Your Heritage
My mom was not shy to share her German heritage with our family, and I am so thankful for it. From my limited vocab of random phrases in German, to an unhealthy love of chocolate and bread, to celebrating St. Nikolaus Tag every year, she filled my life with knowledge of where I come from.
Make Your Own Decisions
One day, I told my mom that I was going to attend my university, and that she or my dad couldn’t stop me. Obviously, she let me do it, and she let me know that I had to make my own decisions, which also ties into…
Don’t Let Others Stand In Your Way
When I was a mere 5 year-old in Kindergarten, I wanted to be Pocahontas for a class assignment. I was too young at the time to know, but my mom had to force my teacher to let me do it. My mom refused to let someone else stop me from doing what I wanted, and it taught me to never let anyone do that to me ever.
Don’t Be Afraid To Try Something New
I was put into dance classes as a little kid, and I didn’t stop until I graduated high school. For the majority of that time, my mom was a backstage parent, meaning she would make costumes, drive me to endless rehearsals, and pay for the lessons. But one year, she decided to take the stage herself, being an Elephant in The Lion King. It was new for her to be on stage with me, but it showed me that trying something new should be fun, not scary.
Family, Even When Annoying, Is Always Number 1
Being the super woman she is, she takes care of all of us in the family very, very well. I’m 400 miles away, and she is still taking care of me. I know my mom gives a lot to take care of her whole family, including the in-laws, and it shows me that family is really the most important thing in one’s life, even when they are being too loud or throwing another teenage fit (sorry about those).
Laughter is The Best Medicine
One time, my brother and I were watching TV with my mom and a cheesy (and horribly sexist) Carl’s Jr. commercial comes on. My mom makes a snide remark, that no one can remember to this day, and my brother and I are crying we are laughing so hard. My mother is very good at making hilarious statements, and we always have a good laugh time and time again.
Just Be Yourself
My mom is a unique individual in so many ways. And I’ve never seen her change herself to make someone else happy. There is no need to change yourself, and this is one of the things she taught me that I wish I adopted sooner in my life.
You’re Going To Have To Learn Some Things On Your Own
My mom couldn’t teach me how to live alone, and I had to teach myself.There are other things my mother did not teach me, and thus meant I had to learn on my own. That is a lesson in itself, because parents are just human after all and don’t have all of the answers, so sometimes they can’t teach you things, and that is okay.
This is for you Mutti ❤ Your Baby Girl