A Most Extraordinary Gift

Me and my mom
Me and my mom

For Mother’s Day, Huffington Post ask some its writers to reflect on lessons that we learned from our mothers. Our parents are our first teachers, but unfortunately many of the really important lessons get lost in the minutiae of everyday life and aren’t fully appreciated until we are much older. As I gathered my list of lessons that I had  learned from my mom, I realized that, for the most part, they centered around the same general theme.

Below is an excerpt, but you can read the full post here:

As children, we often strive for separation and differentiation from our parents, perhaps our mothers in particular. For many of us, our mothers were the mainstay in our childhood lives, the very epitome of regularity and the ordinary.

But we don’t want ordinary; we want extraordinary.

But now that I am a mother myself, I find myself feeling this surprising desire to be more like my mom, to know more of her, to learn more from her because I realize that, through her, I learned the most important parenting lesson of all: how to make the ordinary extraordinary.

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