Today we celebrate and honor our moms! Some of us are fortunate enough to still have ours in our presence today, while others will remember theirs with a special tribute or memory of all they loved and learned while mom was present on earth. But there are also those women in our lives whom are not our mothers by birth, but also have played an instrumental role in our upbringing. Those ladies who’ve been there for me are my aunts! They have formulated my life in ways they may not have realized until they read this post today. So, while I honor my mom today and always, I also want to give a big shout out to my other “moms” whom I affectionately call Aunt Cindy and Aunt Susie.
How often do we forget to say Thank You for the acts of kindness people share with us? I’ll be honest, I’m terrible at this sort of thing. I think about it, but I don’t often act upon it. And shame on me, because growing up, writing a thank you for something that was presented to you was ingrained to both my sister and I. It was just the polite thing to do, to let people know you appreciated their gift.
For those of you who don’t know me well, I have a real soft spot for animals. Especially innocent kittens. Over the last four years, my husband and I have fed, fostered, adopted, loved, found homes for more than a half dozen litters of feral cats. What started as innocently feeding a roaming cat on our front porch in the middle of winter, turned out to be a circus of love and me being dubbed as “the crazy cat lady.” But that’s ok, I’ll own up to it, because I am in fact crazy…crazy finding ways to get these cats all good and loving homes without me going into debt.