My mom has been having a hard time coming to terms with my "self mutilation", as she calls it. She was pretty upset the first day. After several emails, research, etc. she wasn't quite as upset. She was able to appreciate the reasoning behind it, though she didn't agree with it.
This afternoon was a baby shower for my friend, Charlotte. Many of the women in our church came. Earlier in the day, I confided to my mom that despite my desire to not worry about what others thought about it (nose piercing), I was sweating bullets at the thought of all the negative criticism I was sure to receive. Later, I arrive at the shower to find that my mom has taken a small gold sticker and stuck it to the side of her nose! I know that she doesn't approve of me piercing my nose. I also know that she loves me anyway. Her showing up at the shower with that sticker stuck to her nose, wordlessly supporting me despite our difference of opinion, was truly one of the most incredible things that anyone has ever done for me. I was completely dumbfounded.
That small action meant more to me than probably anything else I can think of that she has done. And there have been some good ones. Like the time we moved into a new house when I was 8 1/2 months preggers and we didn't have any hot water that first night. I burst into tears because I was exhausted and wanted a hot bath, oh so badly. So my mom spent two hours heating hot water in pots on the stove and filled that bathtub for me. Wow.
So Mom, this post is for you. I don't tell you enough, but I love you very, very much. I can't even begin to express how thankful I am for you. Truly. Thank you.