Have you ever had the good fortune of working with someone who keeps you laughing all day long? How about five people? I happen to work with a crew of people who by day work at Quicken Loans in a variety of positions, but by night are improv experts who can regularly be seen performing at Go Comedy! Improv Theater in Ferndale, Mich. I recently sat down with Nuverre Naami, Amber Hunt, Michelle Giorlando, Travis Pelto and Jen Hansen to learn more about life as an improviser.
As a new mother, the one thing I know for sure is that being a mom is usually a thankless job. I’m pretty sure that all moms everywhere feel the same way from time to time. I’m sure they’d like to hear about all of the wonderful reasons they’re appreciated and loved by their children. Considering my baby is only 5 months old, I may have to wait a while to hear her reasons. However, in the spirit of saluting all of the hard-working mothers out there, I’ve polled 250 people in search of some of the heartfelt reasons we’re eternally grateful for our moms. Since I can’t list all of the responses, here are 20 touching reasons people celebrate them this Mother’s Day:
Tiffini: My mom taught me my self-worth. For as long as I can remember, she has always taught me that I am unique and valuable. She reminds me often that my birthstone is a DIAMOND!
Regina: I really appreciate my mom for her entirety. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her wisdom, good advice and the way she taught me how to have self-respect. She taught me not to depend on anyone else to make your dreams come true!
Preston: My mom taught me to always treat people with kindness and respect. It didn’t matter who they were, what their circumstances were, or what they looked like. She taught me that everybody deserves to be treated with the same level of kindness and respect.
Emily: I appreciate my mom for teaching me how to be financially savvy and independent, so I don’t need to rely on anyone else for support.
John: My mother taught me how to be strong and caring at the same time. She is probably the most compassionate person I know, and I appreciate her for that.
Christina: My mother taught that as long as your faith is cemented in the Lord nothing will blow you over. She taught me the true love of a mother and how to sacrifice for family.
Heath: My mother is an AMAZING grandmother who has the ability to create new games, crafts and play with my daughter. She keeps my daughter active in mind and body, and my mom has a bottomless reserve of patience!
Leia: I would like to thank our mom for all of the sacrifices and compromises she has made on our family’s behalf. She’s always put us first.
Victoria: I thank my mom for being the ultimate example of patience, wisdom, kindness, courage and unconditional love.
Taryn: I appreciate my mom the most because she always knows the right things to say to make me feel at peace when something is troubling me.
Sheetal: My mom was my greatest teacher and guide. The two biggest lessons she taught me were perseverance and unconditional love. She overcame many obstacles in her life but despite that, she was beautiful, elegant and had a fragrant personality! I’m comforted everyday by her memory.
Chandra: I truly appreciate my mom because she taught me the value of having a good work ethic. And, on another note, she taught me how to get my kids in line when they’re acting like fools (LOL)!
A.M.: If not for my mom, I wouldn’t know the importance of working hard to create an identity for myself! I wouldn’t be strong or believe it’s okay to have a career and be a mother, and that I can succeed at both!
Christina: My mother taught me that no matter what challenges happen in life, you have to keep moving forward and try to keep your head up. Thanks mom!
Claudette: I celebrate my mom because she is strong-willed, independent, crafty, loving, and caring. I appreciate how she listens but is not quick to judge.
Amanda: I celebrate my mom because she is a wonderful grandmother and has grown to become a great friend, too!
Karen: I’m thankful my mother successfully raised four children, worked a part-time job AND somehow managed to be a loving wife and a community volunteer all at the same time. I will always look up to her as the perfect mentor in my life!
Janice: I celebrate my mom for her wonderful sayings such as: “A smile is understood by every language, and it can improve someone’s day.” She would also say “Watch your pennies.” So now when I see random pennies on the ground, I think of my mom’s memory and say “Hi Mom!”
Felisa: My mother taught me so many things. But above all, she taught me to have love for the Lord and to always show kindness to others!
Jeremy: I appreciate my mom because every year as I get older, the more I realize and appreciate how much she did with only the most minimal resources. It’s hard to even fathom how it all worked out over the years!
Consider this a really long love letter to wonderful mothers everywhere! There are probably hundreds of reasons that we can come up with when explaining why we want to acknowledge our moms this Sunday. If you haven’t taken time to tell your mother what you appreciate most about her, there’s no better time than now! Happy Mother’s Day!