Me and Mama
Weekly writing assignment from Mama Kat: Mother’s Day is coming…what is the secret behind the close bond you have with your mom?
If you’d seen us together last weekend, you would have seen a picture perfect image of a mother/daughter relationship. Hugging, joking, laughing… catching up on the latest gossip. You would have thought we were the best of friends. And we are. Now.
But it wasn’t always like this. There were days of screaming fights, sassy mouths and venomous words. Tears of frustration and angry days spent hiding in my room. In other words, I was a teenage girl. And I tried her patience in nearly every way.
College came and I couldn’t wait to move out. As my roommate and her mother tearfully hugged goodbye, my mom and I gave each other the equivalent of “good riddance.” Adios. Talk to ya later. See ya soon.
Moving away did wonders for our relationship. Since that August day six years ago, we have slowly grown to understand each other. She says I’ve grown up. I say she’s mellowed out. In all honesty, it’s probably a combination of the two. We still have our moments, but I have a feeling most people do.
I now see that she’s strong, compassionate and seriously funny. She’s completely herself with no excuses or apologies. And she has my back no matter what.
And I hope that she sees some of those traits in me. Lord knows I got her stubborn strength. And the willingness to be myself at all times, even if it means people look at me like I’m a crazy person.
The great thing is I know we’ll continue to get closer. I haven’t even reached the “married with children” stage in my life and I’ve heard that brings a whole new level of respect and understanding. When that time comes, I pray – no, plead – that God doesn’t take heed to all of those fervent requests my mother made of Him when I was growing up. Because I really don’t know if I can handle one just like me. Lord, have mercy on my soul.