Mothers do so many things for their families, and this month we are recognizing our own mothers for some of the things they did that we consider “cool.”
We’ve each selected just one “cool mom moment” to focus on, and since each of the three of us have a little something to share…
Let’s talk about it!
Marcy » Mom Strong
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then that is definitely the case with this image of my mom and me.
On August 9, 2016, my mom completed her last chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer, and this image is of us celebrating outside the office. And while this moment may not stand out to her as one of the coolest, it does to me.
The circumstances were not ideal, but it was so nice to have the time together. To talk through her treatments and maybe eat lunch together before the appointment, savoring her feeling decent because we knew the next week would be hard for her.
I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to walk through this battle with my mom, witnessing first-hand the amount of strength and power God had given to her. It was inspiring for me to see and to think that maybe I—genetically, environmentally, or through God’s grace—have received even a small portion of her character.
I also find this moment very cool because the extremely hard part of the treatments she had to take to beat her aggressive cancer were complete, and through them God brought her miraculous healing.
Yes, very cool to be given the gift of more time with my mom!
Hilary » Mom & the Prom
During my senior year of high school, my best friend invited me to go shopping for prom dresses with her. As pickings were slim in our local stores, we drove up to Raleigh to widen the search.
Although we were specifically on the hunt for my friend’s dress, of course I tried a few on too. And while I can’t remember if my friend had success that day, I sure did. Unbelievably within a matter of mere minutes, I had found the perfect dress: a hunter green ankle-length dress with an empire waist and tiny beaded flowers along the bodice.
I did not buy the dress, of course, because I was not there to shop for myself and no way did I have the clearance—or funds—to make a purchase of that magnitude. But I must have told my mother about it in minute detail that evening because the next day when I came from the school, the dress was hanging on the outside of my closet door!
At the time it was a fabulous surprise, but looking back I realized it was also a teachable moment. Whether my mom knew it or not, she taught me several life lessons from that one gesture:
I learned to really listen to people when they spoke. I learned to look for ways to take action on behalf of others—and how doing so can make people feel loved and valued and special. And I learned that a happy surprise can turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary memory.
All of that from one dress and a super-cool mom moment! Thanks, mom!
Leigh Ann » She’s Got My Back
Oh, the early high school years—mid-teens and treading water in a sea of insecurity and awkwardness. Wondering if my complexion would smooth out or if I’d ever develop the cute figure the other girls enjoyed. Trying to handle the pressures of school work and attempting to please parents and teachers.
My cool mom moment happened in the midst of these volatile days.
I was drowning in one of my classes. Typically an A/B student, I couldn’t make headway in a subject that had never given me trouble. Attempts at extra credit, time after school, teacher-student communication—nothing worked.
Mom, a teacher herself, had had enough. To my utter horror, she made an appointment for us to meet with my teacher. Now, keep in mind, this was the era when the teacher was always right (in our household, anyway).
“The teacher just doesn’t like me” was never a valid excuse.
On the way to the high school that day, I was a hot mess (before being a hot mess was cool). I envisioned two teachers—one on each side of me—analyzing my incompetence.
The first minutes of the meeting, my mom simply listened as the teacher confidently explained my inadequacies. Then, mom took her turn.
I don’t remember the exact verbiage, but it went something like this:
“My daughter is a good student. She is an excellent writer with potential to grow and to be even better.” She paused and looked directly at my teacher. “We both know that her grades are not reflecting the quality of her work.”
It may not seem like a big deal, but the weight of the world lifted from my anxious heart. Mom had stood strong—beside me and for me. She believed in me, and it was balm to my soul.
I don’t remember my final grade in that class. I do remember seeing my mom with fresh eyes. She fought for me that day, and to an overwhelmed teenage girl, it was the coolest thing ever.
Do you have a “cool mom moment” you’re grateful for?
Please comment below to share with us!
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