One of the best things about a thru hike is that you have so much time to think and to think deeply. Hikers also talk a lot about the feeling that you have people hiking in spirit with you and I’ve been spending a lot of time hiking with Mom. As you all know, she is a big supporter of this hike and it’s been so encouraging to get all of her comments on the blog.
My Mom has taught me some important lessons along the way and always had my back. I am especially thankful for four key approaches to life that I use just about every day and wanted to share those with you.
Find a Way – growing up I watched my Mom accomplish some amazing things against some pretty stiff headwinds. She raised two boys in a constantly changing and complicated military environment. She completed her degrees and blew the curve while driving hours each way to school. She worked with abused and neglected children and cared for those with severe eating disorders. She instilled a work ethic that relies on grit instead of pedigree. She found a way and those lessons have helped me push through some doors that weren’t exactly open yet.
Make, Buy and Appreciate Art – some of my earliest memories are from museums. Mom exposed me to a wide range of art forms early and often and encouraged me to find my what type of art I was passionate about. She made beautiful drawings, paintings and sculptures and I did the same. She taught me to support artists by buying original work and displaying them proudly.
Stay Positive – my Mom is positive in the face of adversity. I can’t remember a time when she hasn’t responded to a challenge with a positive attitude and a practical approach. She got this honestly from her mother and it has gotten her through some tough spots.
Manners First – Mom was raised with great manners by terrific parents and she honed her skills as a polished military spouse. She taught me that the best way to show your love and appreciation for friends and family is to entertain them well and make them feel comfortable and welcome.
I can’t imagine better lessons to live by and am so thankful for her in my life. I wish I could be with Mom today but she will be walking with me for sure on the AT. Happy Mother’s Day Mom.
7 thoughts on “Happy Mother’s Day Mom”
What a wonderful tribute to such a special person! I’m lucky to have her as my dear friend.
I am so not crying as I read this memorable lovely blog. I am so blessed to have a son like Drew. He has consistently been an inspiration to me and comfort in so many circumstances. All my birthdays, Mother’s day and other special occasions he has always been there with thoughtful and special gifts, and most importantly his beautiful smile. We share so many loves, books, art and humor, family and friends. I am indeed fortunate to call Drew my son. Love and respect all that is about YOU. Stay warm and happy hiking. Your photos today were art itself. Much love.
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Wonderful tribute to a wonderful woman. Your mom is definitely a very special person and all her family and friends would agree!
Love this tribute, Drew. All good lessons to live by. Cheers to your mom, and to moms everywhere!
Drew I can’t think of a more wonderful way to honor your mom than with this blog. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder. With love…..
Love this post about your sweet Mother! She did a wonderful job raising you Drew! Have an awesome day!
This is a wonderful tribute to your mom. She raised a great son!