Monday, November 4, 2013

getting to know me: the mom.

I know that most people who have a good relationship with their parents usually say that they're the best.  I listen to this in total skepticism.  I believe that to them they are the best.  But they haven't met my mom.  They don't know Shannon!  Because if they did, they would understand that all they have ever known about "good parents" is simply generic.

Let me first explain that I am not a kiss-up.  If anything, I'm usually one of the most straight-forward (yet tactful) people you'll know.  But I honestly believe that I am one lucky girl to have a mom like mine.  

Our relationship is not the typical parent/child relationship, but a true friendship.  I don't roll my eyes at the fact that my mom is on Facebook.  I would honestly be more inclined to encourage her to get one if she wasn't already a pro.  I don't get embarrassed when she comes and goofs off with my friends.  Where do you think I got it?  I don't keep things from her.  I don't sigh when she asks to hang out.  I love her and I love spending time with her.  She's my best friend.  Honestly, we're too much alike.  It's scary.  Saying the same things at the same time, laughing together....we even share our road rage. ;)

We've practically been inseparable since I was born....until I moved to California.  *sigh*  It was then that I realized just how much time we spent together.  How many Saturdays we spent shopping.  How many nights we hung out in our pj's and played Guitar Hero.  I missed "Feed the Children" nights when she would have me and my brother and his family over for dinner every Saturday night.  I missed playing the drums in church and having her look over from the choir loft to make faces at me. I missed rooting on the Texas Longhorns together in our hoodies and baseball caps. I missed my mom.

The longest I went without seeing her, was six months.  I hated it.  If she wanted to move in with me tomorrow, she would have a room.  No questions asked. haha.  I am so glad to be back in Texas and close to her again...even if we are over an hour away.  It's soooo much better than 17,000 miles!

I am definitely my mother's daughter.  If you think I'm bad, let me introduce you to my sensei. ;)

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