I love telling this experience because it shows the sweetness and playfulness of my mother. Her philosophy always seemed to somewhat match Peter Pan’s. Although we grew and matured as children, my mother taught us to pack Neverland with us wherever we went. Her motto was work hard so we could play hard. In essence, her motto was making memories. Every morning, she would walk us to elementary school and we would often sing songs on the way or make up stories. As teenagers, when she was the carpool driver, she let us choose our favorite tapes and let us listen to them on our way to school. She even jokingly sang along to Backstreet Boys even though she couldn’t stand to listen to them. Because she was so fun and playful, she was easy to approach, and I always felt like I had a special bond with her. In High School, she gave me my space. However, my friends and I loved to spend time with my mom so we often chose to hang out around my house and play games with her. Sometimes as a group of friends, we would sit on her bed and just talk to her about the importance of life and the gospel. Oftentimes my friends would tell me, “Your mom is amazing. You are so blessed to have her for a mother.” And they were right. I was significantly blessed.
My mother is one of those people who beam with confidence in their faith. Even though she has buried her husband for a time, she always points out that he is still very much with her and waiting for her to complete her journey on this earth. Her courage is inspirational to me and to many around her. Along with that inspiration is my mother's incredible wisdom. She knows just what to say to me and how to comfort me when I go to her with concerns and doubts.She often reminds me of C.S. Lewis with the depth and breadth of her christian knowledge. She truly amazes me. Now that I have little M, I hope that I will be able to continue my mother’s incredible legacy.
Mom, I love you deeply. Thank you for being an example of insurmountable faith and courage, and thank you for being the world's greatest Peter Pan. I'll continue to never grow up while I grow old with you. Thank you for teaching me how to learn, love, and forgive. Thank you for being my wonderful Mom.