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Better Late Than Never

I was slightly preoccupied last week, what with having to break into my house and all.

I didn’t get a chance to really acknowledge Mother’s Day or the millions of moms out there that make their children feel as special as my mom still makes me feel, even at 46-years of age. Maybe it’s because she used to tell me that all the time when I was growing up.

“You’re special you know.”

I believed her too, ’cause well, she’s my mom and everything your mom tells you is true. It wasn’t until well into my adulthood that I learned she used to tell my brother and sister the same thing. I wasn’t upset. I was glad they grew up feeling the same way; special.

When I had my son twelve years ago, I was ill prepared. After all, what did I know about how to take care of a baby, let alone a boy? Enter, Nana. My mom only lives 20-minutes away but after Noah’s birth, she slept at my house for two weeks anyway. When she left, I cried, even though I knew I was going to see her the very next day. She had just retired from the bank. How lucky, for me! For the next two-and-a-half years, we went from Fishkill to Redhook and everywhere in-between, in search of the best places for lunch and the best playgrounds for my boy to explore in. Precious, happy times.

When Hannah was born, my mom was in the delivery room. They share a unique, unbreakable bond and have been partners in crime ever since. Nana is the first person Hannah calls when she’s sick.

“Can you come and watch me today?”

“Of course, love.”

is the reply, 99.9% of the time, no matter what she has planned that day.

Selfless. She never makes you feel like it’s a bother or an imposition. She operates from the purest point of unconditional love. A gift she gives freely, a quality I strive to emulate.

She’s an awesome babysitter for sure but truth be told, day or evening, the chances of you coming home to find her asleep and your child wide-awake, “shh-shing” you as you come through the door, are more than high.

“”How long has Nana been asleep for?”

is usually my first question.

Nana is famous for accidentally, “letting the cat out of the bag”, realizing it in the moment and immediately trying to take it back. For example, she once left a message on my answering machine that went something like this…..

“Hi love, I guess you’re not home. Okay, well, I’ll see you at the surprise party on Saturday. (pause) Oh, wait! I didn’t mean that! (pause) I don’t know what I’m talking about, there is no party. I don’t know when I’ll see you again. Bye. It’s mom.”

One of my favorite things about Nana is how much she loves to laugh. Seriously, my kids and I  purposefully try to make her laugh because once you get her going, it’s very contagious and really hard for her to stop. If you take her to a funny movie, be prepared for all eyes to be on you, when she literally doubles over in laughter. Take her to any other kind of movie and chances are, all eyes will still be on you when she starts snoring after she’s fallen asleep.

For a time, mom had a German Shepard named Schatzie who was abandoned on a highway, picked up by my brother and left at mom’s house for an extended “weekend”, that lasted several years. People often joked about how she must have given birth to Schatzie because she treated her like she was her fourth child. People also joked about how Schatzie used to “walk” my mom, rather than vice-versa. Schatzie was huge, carefully eye-ing anyone who approached my mom or came too close to her; often trapping me in my car while barking ferociously, when I’d come to visit.

They loved each other dearly.

Nana’s 74 now and while she’s adamant about NOT having a face book page, she does read my “block” faithfully, when she can get to it, that is. Even though she subscribes to it, for some reason, she can never “open” it from her computer. I finally told her,

“Mom, just google my name and it will come up.”

So, the other day she went to Google and typed in:  “google Karen Szczuka…” Guess what?  It came up.

I was able to visit my mom for a while on Mother’s Day and it occurred to me, as it often does, just what a blessing it is to have her around. I don’t take her for granted. I’m grateful. I love that my kids love her and I love that she loves them as much as she loves me. She makes them feel just as special. I know this to be true and I guess that’s because she’s so special.

She’s kind and thoughtful and she’s my mom.

She’s been a wonderful power of example in so many ways, I suppose it’s better late than never that I say,

“Thanks for being my mom, Mom! I love you.”

I hope you and the millions of moms out there who make their kids feel special, had a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Please, tell me something special about your mom.

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  1. nanna
    May 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    karen , l just read your blog. lt was a lovely surprise, l too, am blessed to have a daughter like you, plus l have been blessed again with another daughter and a son. l love the photos of my beautiful grandchildren.
    Karen, you are special.

  2. May 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Awe….thanks, mama!

  3. Mom/Nana
    May 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    What a surprise, Karen you are special.

  4. May 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Mom, you responded twice. 🙂

  5. May 15, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I lost my mom 15 years ago and I do miss her. I do have plenty of memories, though. Wonderful post.

    • May 15, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      Karl, I remember reading in one of your posts about how your mom “pushed” you to do more/better and that you were grateful for that. I’m sorry she passed. I know how lucky I am. Thanks.

  6. Veronica
    May 16, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I just called Nana to tell her how wonderful she is! This is my favorite article of yours.

  7. May 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Awe…sweet, pea. Thank you. Love you.

  8. Goldy
    May 21, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Although I didn’t always appreciate it at the time, the fact that my mother was so different than every other mother I knew, and was proud of her eccentric way, made room for me to be my own person and to value and treasure the uniqueness of others. Of course as a girl I thought I wanted my mom to be” normal” but I suspect she was exactly right for me.

  9. Anonymous
    June 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    loved it

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