My Story: 365 day blog challenge Day 2

365 Day Blog Post Challenge 2019
Day 2
#434. What is your mother’s best trait? Worst? What traits do you share with her?

What a fun prompt for day 2!  Ah, my mom.  Such a great lady.  I was very fortunate to grow up with two wonderful parents.  Although of course I went through my rough patch from about age 12-15… overall, we have always had a very good relationship.

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What is my mom’s best trait?  From my viewpoint, I would have to say that her best trait is her consistent dedication to her children and to my dad.  She is always there for us in everyway.  I cannot think of one instance when I needed her and she was not right there to help in anyway possible.  In my younger years, we were lucky enough to have her as a stay-at-home mom.  She would lug us around to dance classes, school events and any other activity we happen to be into at the time.  She was that mom that would be volunteering at all the booster club events and working the snack bar at the little league field while my brother and I would be out on the field and my Dad would often be couching.  She started working outside the home when we were in middle school, but I must say, not a whole lot changed in terms of her commitment to our family.  Although life was not perfect by an means, we were “that” family.  You know, the ones were the mom and dad are up in the bleachers with their video recorder, taping the game while my brother was out on the football field and I was a cheerleader on the sidelines.  Nothing much has changed now that I am an adult.  She would always do everything in her power to help me with whatever I needed.  She has taking time off of work to take me to medical procedures, she has taken care of me after surgeries, she lets me vent to her when things are bad and is there to celebrate with me when things are good.

What is her worst trait?  Hmmm…that’s a tough one.  I don’t know if she has any traits that I would consider bad enough to call “worst”.  The only thing I can think of is that she is definitely an extravert.  Which is not a bad trait, but often contrasts with my introvert personality.  Again, I don’t really consider it a bad trait, but holy cow, that lady can talk to ANYONE.  I guess in some ways I’m envious of this trait in her.  I don’t necessarily like being an introvert.  There are often times I wish I was more outgoing and able to talk to people more openly and confidently.

What traits do I share with her?  The one main trait that I know we both have is our struggle with depression.  Although we differ in some aspects because I deal with anxiety as well as depression, while my mom fights just the depression character trait.   I have learnt a lot by watching her go through episodes while I was growing up.  She taught me that it is important to have someone to lean on and that will help pull you out of your darkness when you start to go that direction.  She has my dad, who helps her a great deal.  For many years, I didn’t understand the importance of having someone like this in my life.  I made my share of mistakes by being around people that had no desire to help me through these episodes.  Finally I meet that one person that understands and not just knows how to help, but wants to help.  So even though anxiety and depression are still a struggle for me, things are easier having someone in my life to help keep me centered.

I have to say that overall, my mom is not just a wonderful mom, but one of my best friends.  I am very fortunate to have her in my life.

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