{ For My Mother }

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. – Tenneva Jordan

{I look slightly discombobulated here, but I love this photo of us}

This post is a bit belated but I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to give thanks to my mother, the single most strong, kind, & positive-minded woman I know. The person who drove me to countless music lessons, ice skating lessons, orchestra practices, tennis games – who never missed a single recital or awards ceremony. The person who filled our home with laughter and the sound of her singing voice {she was always singing} wafting over from the kitchen. My mother who always found the time to be silly, and to relax, and to thoroughly enjoy life.

And most importantly, to never let the little things (or the big things) get you down. There have been times in my life when I was down about things that seemed monstrous to me, and though it’s wonderful when people sympathize with you, my mother always took a slightly different role. She always somehow, someway, turned it into no big deal at all. There was always another chance. There was always some other path I could take. There was always a bright shiny side to the situation. If I didn’t like something, I could change it or I could walk away, and that was fine. Everything always turns out okay. Life is too short to be unhappy.

And this meant the absolute world to me. I didn’t always have a carefree, adaptive, & endlessly positive attitude, but my mother did. And this turned me into someone who could pursue my dreams & chase after my goals. Who never felt pressured to be someone I wasn’t, and who felt that no matter what I pursued, I could have a 100% successful and happy life. And a mother who supported me no matter what.

And every time I see her now (including yesterday), she tells me how happy she is that I am pursuing something I enjoy, how my “job” seems filled with creativity & love & new experiences (which it is :)

I love her dearly and am so thankful for this life she has given me.

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12 Responses to “{ For My Mother }”

  1. Gail Says:

    Ahhhh..what a SUPER sweet post about your mom. Who is GORGEOUS BTW ;) The kimono shot of the two of you is fantastic!

  2. Jeremy Chou Says:

    that’s beautiful. :-)

  3. Tina Tan Says:

    Adrienne, this post is SO sweet! You are both gorgeous! =)

  4. Nelly Chung Says:

    You both look lovely! Like sisters! She looks so young!

  5. Sandy Says:

    awww what a sweet post! you and and your mom are both sooo beautiful!

  6. Mai Says:

    Awwww <3. How very lovely… and Wow your mom looks awesome!

  7. Laurie Says:

    precious post. absolutely beautiful~

  8. Carol Says:

    Wow, your mom is gorgeous!

  9. Kim Says:

    This is so beautiful! I had tears in my eyes as I read your special words about your mom. The photo of the 2 of you is lovely. I’m sure she was very touched by this entry.

  10. Jaenee C Says:

    Adrienne, you are a beautiful person and it’s so nice to get to see who helped you become the person you are today. Your mom must be so proud!

  11. JulieLim Says:

    You and your mom… absolutely gorgeous and beautiful! I want to thank you for stopping by my blog and for the nicest comment :) Your work is truly amazing! I’ll be back here again for sure!

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