My mom deserves a medal.
Actually my mom deserves many medals and what medals does she deserve you might be asking, well I will tell you.
1. She deserves a medal for birthing me. I mean I’ve done pretty well for myself and I wouldn’t be me without her, so good job on creating me mom!
2. She deserves a medal for never missing a birthday and always making homemade cakes. My mom never once missed a birthday of mine growing up. She would decorate the house and create games for when my friends arrived and she would always make a homemade cake, with fancy decorations and icing on it. They were my favourite. I remember our backyard in Port Perry, Ontario on my birthday was seriously the place to be in the neighbourhood.
She would also make the cakes for the family gatherings.
3. My mom started my love for Harry Potter and she deserves a medal for that. My mom read all the Harry Potter books out loud to my brother and I. She would even let us skip school when the movies came out and she would take us to see them. I think she did that all for us, but it might have also been her just wanting to see Snape on the big screen. (She loves him)
One thanksgiving the three of us went camping at Algonquin park in Ontario and this is by far my favourite memory of the three of us. We had hamburger helper over the campfire for thanksgiving dinner, we went canoeing to “Molly Island”, we saw so many moose, and we read Harry Potter all evening in our tent by the light of a lantern. We woke up to snow and it was just magical. When we got home there was a note on our door from my dad saying he had left (they were already separated, but the note said he left the country), and he wasn’t coming back. That may not have been a happy moment, but my mom stuck it out, bringing me to #4.
4. My mom deserves a medal for being a single mom and trying her best to raise my brother and I.
My mom did a lot for my brother and I and it was never easy. We lived in a shelter for awhile and my mom went to the food bank to feed us. She couldn’t afford christmas gifts for us some years, but she never gave up.
My mom was a strong woman who made it happen when it needed to happen. She always gave my brother and I a roof over our heads and food on our plates, and for that I’l always be grateful.
5. My mom deserves a medal for making me love halloween. My mom used to work in film in Toronto and her special effects makeup skills are amazing.
Growing up my mom never let me be something pretty for halloween. If I wanted to be a princess I had to be a dead princess. She also never bought us costumes from a store, she made them herself and that’s why I love halloween still so much to this day.
6. My mom deserves a medal for showing me that I don’t need anyone. My mom always told me that I couldn’t love someone until I loved myself, but I never believed her. I went through a bad relationship for years and she was always there for me when I went to her house crying in Halifax, telling her everything that was going on.
Now I know what she meant about the love thing and I’m so happy she told me. Watching my mom be alone and be an independent woman makes me so incredibly proud of her. Watching her do everything alone made me realize I didn’t need anyone to do anything for me. I can fix things in my house, I can make my own money, and I can live whatever life I decide to live without having to consult someone else.
7. Finally my mom deserves a medal for never fully giving up on me.
I did a lot of shit things when I was younger and I did put my mom through a lot. If I was her I wouldn’t have been able to handle it, and maybe my mom didn’t handle it in the best ways possible all the time but my mom is still my mom, and she’s still there today on the other end of the phone if I was to call her.
My mom and I have a different sort of relationship but the love I have her comes from the deepest parts of my heart. She will always be my favourite person to watch Gilmore Girls with and she’ll always be my adventure buddy. My mom showed me a lot of amazing music, and I have so many great memories with her.
Mom, if you’re reading this I love you so much and can’t wait to see you again soon.
It’s the smallest memories that will last a lifetime.