Happy Birthday Mom
Happy Birthday Mary Lou Manausa
Today is my Mother's birthday (I can't say how many), so I thought I'd list the 70 reasons why I love my Mom. Dad, in case you're reading this, you can consider this sentence my "thank-you" for any of the following that also apply to you (as it's not your birthday).
70 Reasons Why I Love My Mom
|1||Because she is my Mother|
|2||Because #1 doesn't tell you how big I was at birth|
|3||Because she taught me right from wrong|
|4||Because she always led by example|
|5||Because she raised five boys *|
|6||Because she drove me to basketball practice for 6 years|
|7||Because she drove me to baseball practice for 7 years|
|8||Because she drove me to football practice for 8 years|
|9||Because she drove me to swim practice for 9 years|
|10||Because she encouraged me to become an Eagle Scout|
|11||Because she filled in my 1000+ page application to West Point|
|12||Because she told me not to whine when I had my wisdom teeth removed|
|13||Because she drove me to the doctor when I broke my nose|
|14||Because she nursed me back to health every time I was sick|
|15||Because she told me I wasn't sick when I didn't want to go to school|
|16||Because she read to me when I was young|
|17||Because she made me play outside, rather than watch TV|
|18||Because she taught me how to be competitive|
|19||Because she sacrificed comforts to provide for her family|
|20||Because she never laughed at the spatulas I gave her for her birthday|
|21||Because she never laughed at me pronouncing her perfume "Channel N5"|
|22||Because she encouraged me to participate in sports|
|23||Because she taught me to love giving|
|24||Because she earned her Masters Degree just a few years ago|
|25||Because she would punish my older brothers when I talked them into doing something bad **|
|26||Because she waited until she was 60 to finish her degree|
|27||Because she was "on call" with the Principals office for 8 years|
|28||Because she gave birth to my brother Bo on September 23, 1979|
|29||Because she indirectly taught me how to sell (think about this one)|
|30||Because she taught me how to read|
|31||Because she taught me how to love reading|
|32||Because she made me breakfast every day until I graduated from highschool|
|33||Because she made me dinner, late at night, after football and swim practice|
|34||Because she makes me Gooey Butter Bars on my birthday|
|35||Because she makes me Coffee Cakes at Christmas|
|36||Because she taught me how to cook|
|37||Because she let me watch James Bond on Sunday night (when Dad said no)|
|38||Because she gave birth to my brother Danny on November 29, 1969|
|39||Because she watches the grand kids on New Year's Eve|
|40||Because she still loves the grand kids on New Year's Day|
|41||Because she makes the best Triple Chocolate Cake|
|42||Because she taught me to like Carrot Cake and Vinegar Pie|
|43||Because she gave birth to me on June 12, 1965|
|44||Because she let my brothers and me ride our bikes all over town|
|45||Because she gave birth to my brother Mike on August 3, 1963|
|46||Because she gave birth to my brother Trent on May 8, 1962|
|47||Because she taught me how to learn|
|48||Because she's kept my Dad happy for nearly 48 years of marriage|
|49||Because she taught me how to have anything I wanted ***|
|50||Because she ran a marathon when she was 50|
|51||Because she went to my Army Football games when she could not afford it|
|52||Because she never complains about any tough breaks that life has dealt her|
|53||Because she inspired me to always do better|
|54||Because she held my hand when I was scared|
|55||Because she didn't hold my hand when I needed to learn for myself|
|56||Because she let me use the "Florida Playboy" van for my dates|
|57||Because she taught me how to wrap a present|
|58||Because she encouraged me to participate in charity|
|59||Because she went to my football games in the rain (Peach Bowl)|
|60||Because she enjoyed going to my football games in the rain (not the Peach Bowl)|
|61||Because she still calls me Joey|
|62||Because she helped me get my first job at McDonalds|
|63||Because she helped me buy my first car|
|64||Because she taught me to enjoy algebra|
|65||Because she cried when the KKK marched downtown in the 1970s|
|66||Because she won the Tallahassee Open (Tennis) in the 1970s|
|67||Because she reads my blogs and tells me they are good|
|68||Because she loves me unconditionally|
|69||Because I can count on her for anything|
|70||Because she continues to be the best role model that I know|
* My Mother (parents) raised five boys. We like to point out that 4 out of 5 ain't bad (Accountant, Computer Scientist/Physicist, myself, Lawyer, and a Doctor)
** A certain trip to a convenience store with Easter Present Money comes to mind
*** Perhaps the most profound lesson of my life on achieving any goal you could possibly desire. When I was roughly ten years old, the "Huffy Thunder Road" bike hit the markets. I saw it on TV commercials and I immediately rode my not-cool-purple bike to Woolco at the Tallahassee Mall to check one out. It was $75 worth of pure, cool, off-road bliss. I had to have one. So, I went home and asked my Mom if I could have a Huffy Thunder Road bike. She said I could.... but this conversation followed:
- Mom - "How much money do you make cutting grass?"
- Me - "$3 per job."
- Mom - "But don't you have to pay a $1 for the mower and gas fund?"
- Me - "Yes"
- Mom - "So what do you really make cutting grass?"
- Me - "$2 per job."
- Mom - "Great, so how many lawns do you need to cut to have a new Huffy Thunder Road bike?"
- Me - "Well, let's see ... $75 divided by $2 per job equals about 38 lawns!"
- Mom - "But don't we put 1/2 of what we earn into savings?"
- Me - "OK, so all I need to do is cut 75 lawns and I can have the bike!"
- Mom - "Yes"
I had the bike by the end of that summer. The lesson I learned was that I could have anything I was willing to work for. -- Thanks Mom!
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