On Mother’s Day, I always find myself thinking about my own mom, Ruthie, of course. She was a little thing, but boy she was full of life and love. My brother, sister and I never, ever had to think about how much we were loved because she just loved us unconditionally and always let us know! I am thinking about the Mom I was gifted when I married Mitch. Esther was the Mother-in-law everyone hopes for. She was easy going, fun and never put pressure on us…ever, she just left us way to early. I think about the moms that were like moms to me growing up, Rose Pucci who always had enough for an extra kid like me, even with 6 of her own. And Rose’s mom who made Deb and I “pizza dough” to walk to school with. I think about Judy Wasserman, who gave me Carole. Sometimes I think I spent more time at the Pucci home and the Wasserman home, than my own. Judy always knew I didn’t want the chopped celery in my tuna sandwich…or the milk! Made me feel special. I think about Marie Nastasi, who welcomed me in to her home with open arms and a seat at the already full dining room table, ALWAYS. She made me feel like such a grown up when I was only 15 and 16 and I adored chatting with her. She also taught me a lot about life in a house with boys and it came in handy, as it turns out.
Even now, there are women in my class who make me feel that I am never a motherless child. Pat and Charlotte, both in their mid 90s, always make me feel loved and special and it I am so lucky to have them in my life. There are many others who embrace me the same way, and I appreciate their affection and their caring souls.
This year, I get the huge gift of officially getting my first daughter, when Kyle marries Nicole and not only makes her his wife, but makes her mine and Mitch’s daughter, too! (Even though it feels like she has been for years, now). Kyle gets a second mom in LeeAnn (lucky kid) whom we adore and know will be an awesome second mom, as Gary will be an awesome (and handy!) second dad. And unofficially, but no less special is that I have Jolene as one of our girls, too and that makes me smile all the time. And of course their is Pete, who rounds out our 3 boys and brought Erin into the mix to keep the girl’s side even :). Love these kids to pieces and happy that they can all call me Mom, mamma, mommy, mother, mom2.o, etc. Great job bringing in the girls, boys. You all picked winners!!!!!!!
This morning we will start our day having breakfast with Dad and Ellie. We are thankful to have them in our lives and always grateful that they met each other and share a wonderful journey together. Ellie has been a great addition to the Zipp family, and is always generous and giving of herself to us and our kids, which is greatly appreciated!
To all the mothers here on Earth and those that watch us from the other side…to the dads who do double duty as moms…and to the women who have helped raise children (it takes a village) I wish you all a very, very happy and peaceful Mother’s Day filled with love, light and all your favorites…..
Of all the things I could ever be labeled, MOM is the single best and most special title of all.
There are so many special women in my life, thru the years, if I didn’t mention you specifically, you can still be very sure you are in my thoughts and in my heart.