Meet my beautiful mother, Tanya.
This picture was taken in February at the Disney Kid’s Epcot race. While I was busy working the expo, she made sure my children were ready, made it there on time, cheered them on and ran her first one-mile race with Addi. She wasn’t too sure about it at first, but I told her she’d be just fine for a mile, which of course, she was. This week, I noticed this photo is the lock screen on her phone.
My mom would be the first to admit that my decision to transition into the life of Fellow Flowers wasn’t the easiest one for her to understand. And I’d be lying if I said there weren’t moments where I wished she could have just trusted my gut, instinct and go with me on this one. Then I would remind myself that her concern always stemmed from a deep love for me. To watch me walk away from safety, security and what most would consider my dream job, working in a wonderful community where my family’s tradition and pride runs deep, was hard for her to say the least. I’m certain that my carefree way and ‘choose fun’ spirit truly scare the hell out of her. Maybe she wasn’t the first one telling me to go for it, but she never told me not to, and didn’t tell me I was crazy or try to talk me out of it. She needed to process, she needed time to take it all in, she needed to see it for herself.
On Mother’s Day, I want to say thank you.