Greg and I are sitting in France while my dear Mother is sitting in our apartment taking care of our baby, Saunders. That right there is the perfect example of the generous lady my mama is! She flew all the way to Toronto to spend her birthday in the company of our pup, and only our pup. And while he’s a pretty good pal, he doesn’t exactly treat her for dinner or buy her a cake. You can see why I’m pretty lucky to call her my Mum.
Ever since my sisters and I were little, my Mum was the best Mum in the world. We always had the best recess snacks (Gushers, Dunkaroos, Scooby Snacks, Wheat Crunch) and our lunches were the same. Friends were always excited to come over, knowing “Suzie” had a candy and treat stocked pantry. She was also well known among the secretaries as she often had to drop off homework we left on the kitchen table – even after she’d reminded us several times to grab it. I like to say that I can blame my picky eating on my Mum (only joking, plus I think I’ve gotten a lot better) because she used to make 2 or 3 variations on dinner to suit my sisters and my bland palette.
My Mum is always our biggest fan. She supports every decision we make (and let’s face it, most of our decisions are good as we were raised by the best) and makes sure we have everything we need to make that possible. She always helps support us in getting the things we need, as well as the things we “need.” In fact, I never would have been to film school or done any photography without the help from my Mum along the way. She helped get me my own Mac computer, a digital video camera and the software needed to make my first movies when I was 12. Then I got better and so did cameras and computers… I got pretty expensive. But Mama Bear is always there to help me finance my expensive purchases. And by finance I mean convince my Dad I need it and help shop around for a good deal.
My Mum loves to do kind things for others. She would literally give everything to those she cares about, and I think we should all try and be a little more like that. She loves having people over for dinner, and planning trips for her daughters. Even when she does go on a vacation she comes home with suitcases full of goods for us and nothing for herself.
Happy Birthday to the most generous, funny, kind, loving and awesome Mum in the world!
Rachel, Libby and I are so lucky to have you as our Mama. Hopefully one day we can be half the woman you are. We are so grateful for everything you’ve done for us and we hope to one day repay you by making you lots of meals, driving you around, planning for trips and paying for lots of things for you. Hope you have a great birthday with Saunders! Love you!