She doesn't look a day over 65
Here is my 6 word sum up of my Mom
"Always there to hug the hurt"
My Mom raised 11 children (well my Dad helped)
We all turned out pretty well
A little crazy (me mostly)
Can you imagine finding the ability in yourself to give enough love to each child?
To make each child feel as if they are the most important thing at that moment?
To have enough love inside of you and to spread it so deep that it still glows in your children who are now parents themselves?
To gain the respect of your children even when discipline was necessary?
To still have love in abundance left over to give your grandchildren?
My Mom watched both of my children for me while I worked.
I credit their manners, empathy, respect and happiness on this fact.
I could never have raised Amber alone without her.
You've seen that teen Mom show on MTV
Without my Mom's guidance that probably would have been me.
19 years old and no clue what to do with a baby.
But she helped me
and she still helps me
She encourages me to be who I am
But still has no problem telling me when I am wrong
Or reminding me that I am not always right
......which I am still pretty sure she is wrong about
Truthfully and without hesitation I can say that looking back on my childhood
I have not one single bad memory
Yes there were bad days
mistakes were made
I know its like the thing to do
blame your mother for your problems
which I find insulting as a mother
I am sure for some that may be true
but for us......its just not
My Mom is not perfect
I am sure if you asked her she could ramble off a list a mile long
filled with mistakes she thinks she made
as a mother
Its the fact that she knows she is not perfect that makes her so wonderful
My Mom and I have grown to be friends
She was not one of those moms who tried to be my friend as a teenager
but when I got older and realized she actually at one time
before being Mom
was Jennie May Andreoli
I was shocked
Kidding........but realizing that your mother had a life before you graced her with your existence is unimaginable for a selfish spoiled kid like me.
Once I learned about Jennie I saw the real woman behind the Mom
I found out why my Dad loved her so much
He worshipped her......I kid you not
Never before has a man loved a woman like Bill loved Jennie
We have traveled together
We have talked about books
She tried to teach me how to sew
She taught my sisters and I how to make home made ravioli
which we traditionally eat
every christmas since I can remember
its a secret recipe so I can't tell you
but mmmmmmm they are delicious
I have been known to maybe be too comfortable around my Mom
the foulest of all swear words has left my lips in her presence....more then once
for this I am sorry
So I just want to say
Happy Birthday to the worlds greatest
Mom, Me and Judy sharing a toast on our last night in Italy