Yesterday was a Superintendent's Conference day in my district. Instead of taking advantage of my professional development I put on my "Mom" hat for the day. I try to schedule appointments so our daughter doesn't have to miss school, miss learning, and then spend three days making up work for the one day missed.
Two cities and two doctors brought good reports from the doctors along with quality mother-daughter time. With over four hours in the car, there was ample time to talk and reconnect. It was good for both of us.
Last summer we visited Kentucky. My daughter found a clothing store she loved and wished it was closer. Monday night she received an email from this store, "Rainbow", with sales. This motivated her to look for the nearest one. Guess what? Rochester had a store in The Mall at Greece Ridge, only minutes from Golasano's. How exciting, we had to check it out.
We had a wonderful time and didn't even walk through half the mall. As we made our way through with eyes like children in a candy store, we saw this beautiful, two-story carousel. I had to ride it, it cost me a frozen yogurt to get Mags on it, but it was worth it. She ended up having fun too and she took a few pics and even a video while we enjoyed a few minutes going in circles. My horse never caught up with hers but we had fun pretending to be in a scene from Mary Poppins.
Life can run you down at times but it is important to remember to smile and have fun. As I searched God's Word for a verse to represent our mother-daughter day, I found this one in Ezekiel. At face value, it is a beautiful and powerful verse but when you read the entire chapter, you'll learn God spoke these words to the city of Sodom. In the case of Sodom, it was not a healthy and positive relationship. God warned them if they didn't stop sinning, He would destroy them.
In life, as a Mom, do you want to encourage and lift up your daughter? Do you want people to quote "Like mother, like daughter" in the tone of God to Sodom or one of health and well-being? I know my answer. Yesterday's doctor appointments, conversations, and carousel ride will be a memory I treasure and I hope my daughter does too. Hopefully her mall and ride memories won't be following doctor appointments like ours usually are, yet if she someone is to tell her "you are like you Mom", I pray she views this as a compliment. I know being her Mom is my favorite job and joy. May she be an even better Mom than me one day.
"Everyone who likes to quote proverbs will certainly be quoting this proverb about you:
“Like mother, like daughter.”
Focus on the positives and ask for forgiveness when necessary.
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323