Born in Glendale Memorial Hospital (CA.) in the late part of the Mesozoic era, comes the woman many of you know as the River Damsel. I simply call her mom. As well as being an "amazing" fisher (her self-title) she is an "amazing" mom (my title). The River Damsel is like a two sided coin. On one side, there is a fishing pole with flies, tippet, and falling down in the river. But on the other side, there is a woman who has cared for 4 children most of her life and is very good at doing it. Most of you know the side of fishing like the back of your hand, but I'm here to show you that this crazy fishing lady doesn't just live on the river!
Since the very beginning, she has been a strong and amazing woman. At my birth, I was 10 pounds 1 ounce and 23 inches long! That in itself shows her super courage and strength, considering that I am now 6'6" and 265 pounds! The first sport I ever participated in was skiing with my mom. It was a fun time with her, but eventually she knew that we'd both have more fun if she put me in a class to learn the right way, and she would do her double black diamonds. I have hung up my skis since then, but I did enjoy that time with her!
Her support in my athletics is second to none. I attribute all of my accomplishments in my sports to her. Even though she doesn't understand my sports, pay attention the whole time, or know how to get to them she always comes to my games. Back in the day when I couldn't drive, is where she would shine the brightest. Rushing home from work to get me to practice just so I could be on time! My life did flash before my eyes a few times....
Not everyone is able to say that they are a mother. I feel like it is an honor (and a burden depending on the children) to be one. I feel like I don't give her too much stress, which is good! No matter what anyone says, my mom is the best. She'd do anything for anyone especially me. Is she the greatest fisher in the world? Definitely not! She would be the first to tell you that! But, the greatest mother in the world? Definitely yes! One thing is for sure, I would not be able to survive without this woman. She is the greatest. Love you Mom!
Wow...When Ryan came up to me the other day and said that he wanted to write on my blog...well, I wondered what was up... I promised not to edit because he wanted to do this all on his own. I think that he might have aspirations of being a writer someday! We don't know how long on this earth we each have... Give all the hugs and kisses you can to those you love. Appreciate the times you have together. And be a best friend to your children to keep that communication open. I am truly grateful for the little things in life that make up the big picture... A blessed mother I am. = )
Ryan, you are a gifted young man and you hit the nail squarely on the head. Your mom is the greatest. Emily, you and Dave obviously did many things correctly and it pays dividends as you grow old. Thanks Ryan.ReplyDelete
Howard ~ Thank you. It is definitely a journey in life that takes a lot of love, devotion and discipline. You would think by #4, I would have this parenting thing down by now! Lol. But, with each child, you have different experiences and that is the fun part, huh? Lol.Delete
What a great tribute! Let me tell you all, future readers, comment makers, etc. - as human beings we wait far too late to tell the family what we thought of a person. The time to tell the world you love someone (and tell them) is NOW. Kudos on the funny and heart-felt post Ryan!ReplyDelete
Owl ~ That is exactly right... It is NOW! And my Ryan is a funny guy... You never know when he is going to spring something on you...like this post! = )Delete
A mighty fine job you did raising this one, Emily. Will we here from the others? A big Wow to Ryan for an excellent post.ReplyDelete
Mark ~ Ha! I don't know if we will hear from the other kids as they are out of the house now. But, I am proud of all of them, that is for sure.Delete
I'm mainly a lurker , but Ryan sounds like a fine young man RD.ReplyDelete
Josh ~ I'm glad that you lurked over here today. Thanks, I think he is a pretty fine guy too... He is well liked by his friends and looked up to. Well, he is 6'6!! Ha.Delete
Way to go Mom! The prove of a good parent is the product and it sure sounds like you put the time in to turn out a great product. Great post Ryan.ReplyDelete
Joel ~ To tell you the truth, I had pretty good kids to work with... They are on the most part, happy and well adjusted. They also learned at an early age the value of hard work. And that will help them in their adult years for sure.Delete
Well done Ryan... we're all proud of your mom!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Larry! Yeah, he surprised his ol' mom...Delete
I questioned if he really wrote all of this himself until I got to the ''doesn't always pay attention at the games.'' Haha. Nice job. Love you, Mom.ReplyDelete
My darling daughter ~ You are always soooo funny! I love you too. = )Delete
Great post, I hope my kids will appreciate me the same way when they are adults.ReplyDelete
Kevin - i think as we grow older, we appreciate things a lot more. Your kids will probably fall into that mold!Delete
Great post Ryan. You are so lucky Emily!ReplyDelete
Jeri ~ I will have to agree with you on that one!Delete
Great job at raising a good son Emily! Great post too Ryan!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Brian. A few hands involved with child rearing... = )Delete