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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#1 By Gavin at 7/11/2017 3:44 AM

Happy Birthday to her.

#2 By Colleen McConnell at 7/11/2017 3:44 AM

That is so sweet. I hope your Mom has a wonderful birthday.

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