I’m an energetic person who loves to share what’s going on in my life.
Whether it’s about soccer, academics, or Oakland, it’s always a blast to share my experiences with others and hear about theirs.
Today, I don’t want to talk about myself.
Instead, I want to talk about my mother.
Mothers are truly superheroes.
They give us life, nurture us, and guide us along our path into adulthood.
For me, my mother was all that and more.
She was relatively young when she had me, and we are just nineteen years apart. In fact, when we go out together, people often think we are sisters! In a way, they are right. I’m so close to my mother; it’s like she’s gone past ‘just’ having that role.
She’s my mother, my sister, and my friend.
The bond we have is special and unique, and I wouldn’t trade it away for anything in this world.
Mothers have to balance between being warm and caring while also giving us the life lessons we need. When I had a bad game and felt worthless on the pitch, my mom would consult me and remind me who I am.
“Never forget how special you are.”
She’d always give me that pickup when I needed it most. That shoulder to cry on, that giant bear hug — doesn’t matter if I’m five or twenty-five.
I’ll always be her girl, and she’ll always be that amazing mother.
My mother was there for every big moment of my life.
When I committed to Oakland, she was right by my side, literally.
Watching me sign and celebrating with me after.
That day was one of the most unforgettable of my young life. Seeing my mother so excited and proud, I just fed off that energy, and it made me feel even better about my decision.
Whenever I have some exciting news or a great day, best believe the first person I call is my mom!
When reflecting on my relationship with my mother, so many moments and memories run through my mind, but one stands out — the time when just the two of us went to Fort Lauderdale.
Have you ever spent a long period of time just with one parent? If not, I encourage you to take the time to do so. It’s a life-changing experience and will strengthen the bond both of you have in unimaginable ways.
You talk about everything, learn things you never knew, and connect in ways that are truly life-changing.
It was the first and only trip we ever took, just the two of us, and I hope we get to do it again.
Plus, all that shopping was a blast!
In fact, I still, to this day, go shopping weekly with my mother.
Yes, even during the semester!
It’s just an ‘us’ thing, you know? It binds us and keeps us in touch.
It reminds me of the shopping days we had at Fort Lauderdale. It’s almost like we get to have that feeling and bond we had during that trip for a couple hours each week.
It’s the highlight of my weekend for sure.
When adversity strikes, my mother is always present. If I need to hear that I can do better, she tells me.
When I need to be held accountable, she is there.
I mentioned earlier that my mother is also my best friend. Well, friends have to give each other some tough love sometimes.
And when it’s required, she does that, and I know how much she cares, so if I’m getting called out a little bit, she’s probably right.
We all have different — sometimes even complicated — relationships with our mothers.
Regardless, I implore you to call your mother. Spend time with her, get to know her better, and take advantage of their love, wisdom, and care.
They won’t be around forever, and the last thing you want is to regret not reaching out.
There are not enough words or ways for me to express how much I love and care for my mother, but I hope sharing my story demonstrates this.
I’m fortunate to have you, mom.
Happy Mother’s Day. I love you!