You don't know what you have until you loose it! Well, I didn't have to. But, I must say, I do have the most wonderful mother in the world and I would not like to be too far from her.
Most recently, my sister and I were going to embark on a lengthy road-trip to go back to school. I had made specific plans on how far we would go each day, where we would stop for gas, and where we were to rest. Our first road-trip and everything seemed to be perfect--I was pretty excited!
A day before, my Mother started acting concerned. She started looking down. We went to do our final shopping before heading out and her concern seemed to escalate. She began to point out that my Father wasn't making an effort to go on the trip with us, and, oh, how could he just let us go all by ourselves!
This was not the first time that we were leaving home, but seeing how overwhelmed she was I asked her, "Mom, why don't you just come with us?" Her response was an ecstatic "I would love to"! The next morning we all got ready and headed out the next morning.
Our trip was nice and calm for the most part. We took turns driving. On one of those occasions, my Mother and sister fell asleep while I, the night-owl, kept driving. I drove out of Texas into New Mexico with no problem. I looked forward to getting to Albuquerque our resting place for the night. I was following the GPS and continued to move forward. NOT REALLY!!! Before I knew it, I began to see a lot of police lights, and orange signs that warned us to decrease our speed. Without a doubt we were facing a random police stop in Springer, New Mexico, which was about 3 hours North-East from where we were suppose to be. My Mom and Sister woke up to all the commotion and then I told them everything that I had come to realize and they began to look for alternative routes. We were exhausted and had to make new plans! We found a hotel and made new plans for the next day. Even though snow fell as we went through the Rockies in Colorado and it rained during our drive in Utah, we made it to our final destination--safe and sound.
The next couple of days were great because my Mom was there. She went with us to do our book shopping, check in into our apartment, grocery shopping, and everything else that we did not have planned but that we wanted her to try. She just simply went with it.
As we were examining her travel plans to get back home, she began to feel overwhelmed once again. This time, it was because she was so unsure about getting on a plane because of her motion sickness and flying would be a new experience for her. We talked to her and tried to make her feel as comfortable as possible. Once at the airport, I couldn't go pass the security check point so I just had to let her go, all by herself. Now, I was feeling overwhelmed and unsure of how this experience would turn out. I left the airport with my heart in my hand.
I kept in constant communication while she was transferring on to a new flight and until she finally arrived home! Although she did not really enjoy the experience she was just happy to have gotten home much faster. I was happy that she had made it without loosing herself.
Latter that night I began pondering on why my Mother had come with us and why she had decided to take a flight back home. I came to the realization that she was really willing to do anything for us. Of course she had done other things for us before, but this time I was able to have a much better understanding of what motherly love is. It is truly self-less. I am eternally grateful that once more, I got to see how charitable my Mother is. I love her so much!
I know that I won't have my precious Mother for all my life. I am eternally grateful that she is part of my life, and as much as I have her I will cherish her.
Do you have any stories where you were able to see your mother's unconditional love, or recognize how immensely cool she is? Please comment and share. :)