I tease my mother a lot. I joke about her too. Hey, there’s a lot to joke about. She is a constant source of humous material, and she doesn’t even know she’s being funny – that’s the beauty of it. But tomorrow is Mother’s Day (which she has reminded me of: “Mother’s Day is coming. Hint. Hint”) and I thought I would spend a more serious moment or two so you can see the Neeners I see. Yes, she is hilarious. Yes, she has a temper. Yes, she likes fast cars and drives like she’s practicing for the Indy 500. She loves animals more than she loves most people. But she is smart, independent, courageous, and raised four children pretty much all by herself. She worked waitress jobs, assembly jobs, and whatever it took to keep us well taken care of. She worked long hours and would come home dragging, but help my younger brother finish his paper route. She has helped all of us, not only as kids, but as adults as well. She worked side by side with me, wallpapering and painting my first house as one example of hundreds. And she did it just for the fun of it. She does not tolerate nonsense or self-pity, and taught all of us by example the value of being an individual and not following the crowd. She is a hard worker and she raised hard workers, but she will be the first person to share a good laugh. We all love our mom, and cannot imagine life without her in it. Here’s to you, Neeners.
…she is there for every one of my cooking classes, serving samples and putting food on plates. She also hoards the best looking stuff for herself and hides it like a squirrel to eat after class.
Never let it be said she would pass up an opportunity to get cozy with the Easter Bunny.