Mothers patch us up when we fall off the slide as a child. They help wipe away our tears when someone breaks our hearts. At Scroll, we are extremely grateful for our mothers and their impact they have on our lives.
Here are some of our favorite memories of our mothers:
Julia (Ritchie) Nye
I grew up as the third of seven children, so there was always the risk that one of us would feel overlooked. My mom made sure that everyone felt loved and she made sure to get to know me personally.
My birthday is one day after my sister’s birthday and one year, my birthday fell on a Sunday. My mom took part of my sister’s birthday to take me to see Cars 2 and shop for birthday presents. We still had my younger sister’s birthday celebration, but my mom made sure that I had a great experience as well.
My mom was always busy. She had to deal with seven kids and a husband, but she would always find time to help her kids. She sacrificed her happiness multiple times for the happiness of others. When my mom had the opportunity to do so, she would take my younger brother and me to Disney World and we would walk all over the park.
She would ask us how we were doing and if there were any snacks that we wanted. We would spend most of the day there just talking and having fun with each other. Whenever I feel upset, I just remember the times that I spent with my mom and everything that she has done for me and my family.
Victoria De Guzman
Growing up, I struggled to determine the type of person I wanted to be. My mom never looked at me differently when I made a mistake and would always encourage me to be kind.
Years ago she bought a sign that said “Choose Happy” and hung it in our kitchen. Each day when I would leave the house, she would hug me goodbye and quote the sign, “choose happy”. Because of her, I will always think about how I want to live my life.
My mom is the strongest, kindest and most beautiful woman I have ever known. I have watched her overcome hardships with her head held high while wearing a gorgeous smile. Something I will forever be grateful for is how she never turned me down when I needed her. There were many days and nights that I needed a hug, a shoulder to cry on or someone to rant to.
I knew I could always count on my mom. She always knew what I needed. That usually meant watching The Holiday for at least the 40th time. Even now, being hundreds of miles away, she has never let me down.
Growing up with a Latina mom can be quite interesting, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. My mom was very loving, yet very strict. It would drive me crazy sometimes, but the older I got the more I understood the reasons why she was like that. It all came down to love — the love she had for her child.
I will always remember those trips to the public library with my wagon packed with books to read. I will always remember performing at a school event and looking all around the audience to see where she was and her being near the front calling out my name. I will always remember waking up to the smell of breakfast and my lunch ready for me to take to school.
I will never forget the amazing mother she has been all these years. She is my role model and exemplar of who I want to be in the future.
My mom has a way of putting things into perspective. Growing up, she would always tell my siblings and I, “If it won’t matter five years from now, don’t spend more than five minutes worrying about it.”
One night, as she was backing down the driveway in her minivan, she bumped into a parked car. After dropping an expletive and checking to make sure there was no damage, she put it out of her mind and moved on because “it won’t matter five years from now.”
Now, more than five years later, it doesn’t matter. But what does matter is the lesson she taught me to let the little things go.
We are extremely grateful for our mothers and the impact they have on our lives. To all the mothers around the world, happy Mother’s Day!