Since Mother’s Day is this weekend and I am getting ready to launch my new website (hey, hire me as your virtual assistant), I thought I would post this blog here for my Friday Favorites until I can post the real site. My Friday Favorite today is the one, the only, my mother, Nora Kalve.
To start, here is some back story on my mom. She is the most amazing woman in the world. Like if you ever have a problem, even if she has met you one literal time, she will do everything she can to fix it for you. If you get in trouble during the senior prank and they threaten to not let you get your senior awards, she will call the deans to let them know that is unacceptable (it wasn’t me – I got 0 awards, sorry mom). If you tell her that you want to fundraise for a cause she instantly gets you whatever you need. She doesn’t ever ask for payment or recognition for the work she does but man, does she deserve it.
You can only imagine the work she has put in to give me everything I have ever needed and wanted. A dream wedding, countless flights home, hours of free childcare and much more. Most recently, I needed a home and I needed to bring my toddler, my dog and my husband with me. We are in limbo right now between Chris’s Navy career and his start of law school and my mom had no hesitations when it came to where we would stay for this time. So in December, when his contract ended, we packed up and brought ourselves and a whole bunch of stuff to a single family home. We now live in a sitcom of two dogs barking constantly, a two year old who somehow gets naked at least 80% of the time, and to top it off – we got quarantined.
My mom has gone above and beyond during my entire life, but during this quarantine she has been a literal saint. When Wyatt has woken up at 6:30 am she gets him out of his bed and hangs out with him all morning while I sleep. When I need someone to time me while I do my workout she does it. When I have left my laundry in the dryer the woman folds and delivers it to my room. But most importantly, whenever I have felt down she has flipped my mood around. If you really know me personally, you might know that I can be a brat – especially to those I love (honestly, my biggest flaw). So when I got “trapped” at home I had the biggest attitude and repeatedly took it out on my mom. Thinking back on all of those times I was rude these past few months, I don’t remember my mom ever snapping back at me, instead she would work to make me happy again. I repeat, WHAT. A. SAINT.
This post could go on for pages on pages full of reasons why my mom means so much to me, how she has helped me, and how much I love her but I will save that for next year. I will simply end with: Life doesn’t come with a manual. It comes with something even better, a mother. Thank you to not only my Friday Favorite but my every day favorite, for guiding me through this life. Happy Mother’s Day.