This Mother’s Day was a little bit unique in that we were able to celebrate the day with both our mothers.
We could not remember a time when we had gotten to do it before. And the inability to remember had nothing to do with flowing chardonnay and everything to do with the fact that my in-laws live too far away. 2000 miles too far away. Not that I’m counting.
Ann came to town to help celebrate Erin’s First Communion over Mother’s Day weekend. We took lots and lots of pictures on her special day and everyone was kind of over my camera being out all the time. Not that I blame them.
But I am glad I went back in for it one last time to snap this shot.
We have a gazillion pictures of us and every possible combination of family members over the years, but I don’t think we have this one anywhere. How is that possible?
But here we are, us and our moms.
Two incredibly lovely women who shaped us into the people we are today. They both taught us so many different things.
Ann is one of the most organized people I know. She certainly helped Jason learn to be diligent and detail oriented. He can organize just about anything. Which leaves the current disaster state of our garage a total mystery to me.
And my mom taught me how to use a sewing machine and make a mean meatloaf. Which makes the stymied pile of sewing projects and my family’s aversion to my meatloaf equally mysterious and unexplainable.
I guess some things that we are taught, we don’t always learn, let alone master.
Looking at these two ladies and the picture of the four of us together, it hit me that there is one very important thing that they both taught us growing up, something we both clearly did learn. And that is to love and take care of others.
It’s that simple and that complicated. It’s that easy and that difficult. It’s that casually overlooked and that monumentally important.
Caring for others is at the heart of what we both do each and every day, and I am certain that we wouldn’t be cut out for the jobs we do had our moms not shown us the way.
We are lucky to have learned how to love from the both of them, and we were thrilled to celebrate the both of them together on the same day.
And for the two of us, Mothers’ Day couldn’t have been much better.