During the last few weeks, I traveled around the country chatting about Mother's Day gifts on TV shows.
That always gives me plenty of opportunity to think of my mom. If you know me, you knew a bit about her. In addition to our red hair, three similarities really stand out:
- She loved to entertain. Whether hosting a small dinner party or a bridal shower for 100 people, she loved planning a party, preparing the menu and opening their home to guests. I inherited that trait, one that my husband happily shares. She also passed along a belief that you can never have too many dishes - something that can be a bit of a challenge in a small New York City apartment.
- My entrepreneurial spirit definitely comes from her. Trained as a social worker and counselor, she was a successful real estate broker for more than 20 years - a great listener, a master negotiator and someone who knew how to work with people making the biggest purchasing decisions of their lives. I learned a lot about how to work with customers in an industry dependent on referrals and repeat business.
- My love of travel comes from both her and my dad. Even with a hectic travel schedule for work, Scott and I love nothing more than hopping on a plane for a quick family visit or an occasional longer holiday in Europe (yay to frequent flier miles and hotel points!).
One of my favorite Mother's Day memories is from just a few years before she passed away. The week before Mother's Day, she excitedly told me about a mother/daughter tea that she was hosting that weekend. About two dozen of her friends were coming over, accompanied by their daughters.
Me: "That sounds fun!" Pause. "Who are YOU taking to the party?"
Her: Silence - followed by laughter. In the excitement of planning for her guests, she totally forgot to invite me - her only daughter.
We both thought that was hilarious, and I assured her this made for a much better story than anything that might actually happen at the party.
Happy Mother's Day!