Mom Love (illustrated, of course!)

Since my mom broke her hip last April, I’ve spent a lot of time with her. At first that was because she needed me while she convalesced, went to rehab, and figured out the ever-changing landscape of what she could and couldn’t do. Then it was to help get my father and her to their various appointments. Now life is more or less back to normal at my parents’ house, but I still go there almost every week, because I want to. Because I’ve learned more about my mom in the past year than I ever knew about her before. She’s not a very talkative person, especially about herself. You have to be around her a lot before, every once in a while, a story will pop out or a memory will be shared.

I’m so grateful for this time with her, so I drew a big Mother’s Day illustration of things I love about her.

Feel free to tell me what you love about your mom (whether she’s here physically or here in your heart). I adore good (funny, sweet, outrageous, surprising, wonderful) mom stories.


p.s. If this is too small for you to see, click it, then click the circle in the upper right corner, and you can see it GIANT sized.




  1. Nina Badzin on May 8, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Fantastic! I love that my mom has always set a good example for trying new things and learning on the job. I’ve certainly used that moxy (moxie?) in my career.

    • j on May 8, 2015 at 6:40 am

      I so love hearing what adults say they learned from their moms; it always makes me think, “what would I want my own boys to say they learned from me?” Moxie would be a very, very cool thing for them to say. The other day The Boy called me fierce. I love that adjective. And I could see it easily leading to moxie, don’t you think? ; )

  2. davidscohen on May 8, 2015 at 6:36 am

    Love it!

    • j on May 8, 2015 at 6:45 am

      Thank you, my doodly friend!

  3. leah77 on May 8, 2015 at 7:14 am

    What a sweet/fun/fabulous post. Your mom sounds amazing, which doesn’t surprise me, as you are amazing, and well, the acorn…. My mom was amazing too. One time we were driving down the road and I could hear her mumbling, so I asked her what she was doing and she said, “I’m teaching a class on how to tile a floor.” My mother was always creating, exploring, and doing something. The older I get the more I appreciate her genius. <3 Thanks for steering me towards this wonderful memory and for sharing your beautiful mom with me. Big love!!!

    • j on May 8, 2015 at 7:19 am

      I love that story, Leah… like every story I’ve ever heard about your mom. Of all the things she could have said, “teaching a class how to tile a floor,” might have been my last guess! I thought of you and your mom immediately when I invited people to come tell me a story. Big love back, my friend!

  4. Sheila Seiler Lagrand on May 8, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    My mom’s in heaven now but I think about her every day–and I smile (usually. I might sniffle a bit on Sunday, though.)

    My favorite thing (okay, one of 13 gazillion and 4 favorite things) was when I was in grad school and I would drive from LA down to San Diego for a weekend, arriving at 9 or so on Friday evening.

    At 10 my dad would get up and say, “I’m going to bed. Are you coming?” And it used to annoy me because Mom and I were just getting warmed up in the catch-up-on-each-other module of the visit.

    She would always say, “I’ll be right along, Dear.” Then a few minutes later we’d hear Dad snoring and we’d sit up and talk until 11 or 12 or . . .

    It took me a long to figure out that she was using nonconfrontational jujitsu. Dad got to sleep, we got to visit, and everyone was happy.

    • j on May 8, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Aw, yes. My mom is very good at nonconfrontational jujitsu as well, especially with my dad. (I, on the other hand, have no finesse whatsoever.)

      I love that story, Sheila!

  5. Joy Montgomery on May 9, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I miss singing together in the car.

    • j on May 12, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      Love that image, Joy. : )

  6. Annie Neugebauer (@AnnieNeugebauer) on May 18, 2015 at 6:02 am

    Aw, I’m sorry I’m so late on this! What a lovely illustration of your relationship. 🙂 She sounds wonderful! I’m glad you’ve gotten to spend so much time together.

    • j on May 18, 2015 at 10:33 am

      Me too, Annie. And thank you. xo

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