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Happy Mother's Day! or, The Story of How My Mom Saved Christmas

InspirationSamantha Extance

Happy Mother's Day everyone, but most importantly to you Mima! You are my best friend, my greatest collaborator, and my biggest source of inspiration. I love you so much. This post is dedicated to you, to Grammy, and of coarse to all the mammas out there teaching their daughters & sons to grow up believing that they can achieve, imagine & create anything. Me & Mima in Paris on our flea market tour of gay Paree!

It may sound kind of silly or corny but moms to me are real-life superheroes. The feats they accomplish, the disasters they avoid, and the sacrifices they make in silence for their children leave me with a sense of awe and humility and an unshakable faith that people are good.

In the spirit of Mother's Day I am going to tell you a story (one my mom never tells) and it involves 2 rings. When I was in elementary school and my family was living in North Carolina (in a little town called Supply), my dad was laid off from his job. It was close to Christmas and work was hard to find. We were poor and it looked like we weren't going to be able to have a Christmas at all. We didn't have the money for a tree or presents. My brother, Caleb, and I didn't know this until 10 years later when my mom let it slip when we were talking about class rings and how significant and important they were. We asked my mom if she still had hers and that's when we found out that she had hocked it along with her engagement ring so that she could buy a Christmas tree and some presents for the both of us. That's the story of how my mom saved Christmas--and in truth, our childhood. Caleb and I grew up happy--we were never really poor because we had (and have) what we really needed--love. So hug your mom extra tight because you may not know just how much of a superhero she really is.

My mom's the one in the middle--can you tell where I get my off-the-wall style from?