Thanks, Mom

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This week, I’ve been thinking about my Mom and the impact she’s had on my life. Being a list maker, I started jotting things down and the list kept growing and growing. I know I could add hundreds more items, but I’ll stop here. Mom, this Mother’s Day, here are some of the things I’m thankful for. Love you!

Three Generations, 1968

Me with Mom and Omi (grandma), 1968


  • Giving me life
    Holding my hand
    Giving hugs–even when I deserved a spanking
    Instilling your faith and love for God in me
    The “time out” chair
    Little notes written on the napkin in my lunch box
    Icky chores
    Showing me how to act in public
    A can of mandarin oranges every year for my birthday
    Teaching me manners
    Taking me to Sunday School and Church
    “The Look”
    Showing me how to catch fireflies
    Home perms and soup-bowl haircuts
    Teaching me right from wrong
    Popsicle stick art projects
    Sparklers on the 4th of July
    Forcing me outside to play
    Plaster of Paris projects, embroidery, sewing
    Strawberry picking
    Taking me to the library and Bookmobile
    Limits and curfews
    Halloween costumes made from curtains
    A love of surprises
    Cooking and baking lessons
    Visits to the nursing home
    Mandatory piano lessons
    Inviting “alone” folks for holidays
    Yard sale savvy
    Taking care of the neighbors
    Recycling–before it was called that
    German food
    Making holidays special
    The courage to try new things
    Always loving me

What do you remember most about growing up? What are you grateful to Mom for this Mother’s Day?

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  1. Jamie Janosz says:

    Love this list – and I related to so many. I didn’t know you were a piano player?! Also – I was just thinking of the home Toni permanents – and how bad they smelled – and how my new permed hairdo never looked like any of the photo examples… Happy Mother’s Day, friend!

    • Connie Mann says:

      I know; the more things I wrote down, the more I remembered. A piano player? Um, I took lessons. I’ve been thinking lately I’d like to re-learn how to play. I miss it. But oh yes, the Toni perms–and the tears that followed! They NEVER looked anything like the pictures on the box. Happy Mother’s Day to you, too, my friend!

  2. diane burke says:

    There are many things my mother did that greatly impacted my life but I think the one I’d like to relate here is her love of books, particularly suspense books. I got my love of books from her and sometimes I wish she had lived long enough to have seen me become a suspense author. But maybe she knows anyway!!

  3. Carol Post says:

    I’m thankful for my mom’s prayers. I’m 51 years old, and she still calls me once a week (if I don’t call her first) to ask what she can pray for.

  4. I’m thankful to my Grandmother for taking me in and showing me love and laughter. She taught me that I was capable of great things.

  5. Mac Crowne says:

    Funny, modern magazines occasionally highlight their version of the ‘supermom’, but I never see traits like ‘the teaching of manners and responsibility, the look, alone people invites, and soup-bowl haircuts. Like yours, my mom possesses these traits, along with most of the others in your list.

    I would add just one more. Taking the time to make me feel special.

    Be sure to tell your wonderful ‘supermom’ Mac said she rocks!

    Happy mother’s day.

    • Connie Mann says:

      Thanks, Mac! My Mom got a kick out of reading my list and the comments people left! We got to spend time together today, which was awesome. We laughed about how my brother and I hated strawberry picking–because afterwards came three DAYS of getting them washed, hulled, canned and frozen. Now we appreciate the memory. 🙂

      Glad you have an awesome mom, too! Happy Mother’s Day!

  6. My mom always read to us growing up, especially at bed time. Sometimes when I read to my own kids, I hear her voice in my own, lol I’m grateful that my Mom is still here with me to share in her grandkids. Great post!