|My beautiful mother, Suzette|
Can you believe that this stunning woman is 60 years old today? I know, neither can I. I would like to say an extra special Happy Birthday to the most amazing woman I know; my mom.
I realized that I've never really told you guys about her, and I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity. I know that everyone says that they have "the best mom in the world", but I really feel that I do.
She is the most loving, kind and understanding person that I know and she's taught me so much. I'm really blessed to have her as a mother, and a friend. When The Boyfriend lovingly says, "you are just like your mom", I take it as the biggest compliment, as she is my role model.
Let me paint you a little picture about her. She is a tiny, petite woman, but she's the bravest and strongest person I know. Her life has not been all rainbows and butterflies, and she's had to go through some pretty tough times. Still she lives life to the fullest and manages to see the good in people and treats everyone with kindness and respect.
She was a sporty girl growing up, and a ballerina for many years. After school, she attended a design school in Cape Town, and made a good life for herself designing and making clothes. After that, her and my dad had a very successful small business.
My mom is a dog person, loves to laugh and could live on Coke Light and dark chocolate. She'd be the happiest person alive if it was summer 12 months out of the year. She really can't stand to be cold, which is why she has a grand collection of fuzzy warm slippers and socks that makes up for most of her closet, and also why she spends many months out of the year visiting my siblings in hot Dubai.
She barely sits down during the day, and is always either working, running the house or in her garden. She has green fingers and a spectacular garden to show for it. She likes to get comfy on her lazy-boy chair in the evenings, and will spend her time on her beloved iPad, Skyping with all of us, playing Farmville or browsing online.
Don't think you'll be able to "out-shop" this woman. She puts me to shame on a day of shopping and has the stamina of a marathon runner. She can walk around for hours... (actually, days, if she didn't have to sleep). Not that she sleeps a lot anyway... 4 to 6 hours are all she needs.
She also gets busy in the kitchen and can cook up any meal your heart desires. She also loves baking cupcakes. I know what you're thinking; is there anything this woman can't do!? And the answer is no. She can do everything and that's also why we call her, "Supermom".
My mom has taught us so much, not only with her words, but mostly through her actions and character. I always notice how she treats people; friends, family and strangers. She makes everyone feel so special and you can't help but love her after spending time with her. Well, I'm a little biased of course, but I know how much my friends and The Boyfriend love her, too. I can really go on for hours about how amazing my mom is; her generosity and good heart has touched so many lives.
My mom is my role model and I just hope that I can be such a good mother as her one day. My future kids will have the best grandmother in the world, and I know she's going to spoil them rotten.
|My mom and I in South Africa this past February.|