Sunday, May 8, 2011

Ode to My Mom on Mother's Day

Dear Readers,

My mom is the most amazing woman in the entire world. And... I blew it this Mother’s Day because I didn’t get her gift & card in the mail soon enough. So, I spent most of the morning thinking about all of the things I love about her and want to share with her, and then thought -- heck, I’ll write a blog post and let EVERYONE know. So without further ado...

75 Facts About My Mom for Mother’s Day

1. She is an amazing cook. Even her turkey, which we always joke is too dry, is pretty tasty.
2. She is one of the best listeners I know.
3. After many, many years staying home to take care of her children, she rejoined the work force and was quickly out-earning my father.
4. I’ve never seen her natural hair color -- it’s been dyed just about every natural shade there is.
5. She is, unfairly, always tanned, even in the winter months.
See? She is tanned. I am tanned-challenged.
6. She has an incredible laugh.
7. She has a penchant for driving over curbs.
8. She has an obsession for feel-good/competition reality TV, like American Idol, The Biggest Loser and Survivor.
9. She is very affectionate.
10. She loves eggs, bacon and grits.
11. My friends always wanted to come to my house because my mom was so cool.
12. We used to watch game shows together as I was growing up. Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune. Jeopardy.
13. She is incredibly sensitive and caring.
14. She loves watching movies.
15. When I was a kid, she used to deck out the whole house in decorations for major holidays.
16. She’s the shortest one in our family.
17. Notoriously afraid of heights, she faced her fear by going parasailing on vacation.
18. She loves fresh flowers.
19. She has always wanted to own a Yorkie.
20. She used to have a dog named Max, who died of cancer at the age of 14.
21. She kicks people’s butts in just about every game she plays, including Boggle and Trivial Pursuit.
22. Her first “swear” word around me was the word, “sucks.” I was 18 when I heard her say it.
23. She and I used to spend summers sitting on our back porch, drinking iced tea and playing Canasta.
24. I love talking about politics, history and religion with her. I always learn something, and she never judges me.
25. She always does bunny ears in pictures.
Almost caught her with the bunny ears this time!
26. I once told her the joke, “What has four wheels and flies? ... A garbage truck” and it took her a long time before she understood the joke. Now, anytime she says something daffy, I say, “Mom... four wheels & flies...?”
27. She loves to hear me sing -- almost to the exclusion of all else.
28. Going out dancing is one of her favorite activities, but she rarely gets to do it.
29. She loves Celine Dion and Neil Diamond.
30. I somehow got her to sing karaoke with me, for the first time in my life, at Christmas 2010. (We sang Dancing Queen.)
31. I hated karaoke as a child- but she wanted to hear me sing so badly that she’d sign me up without my knowing.
32. She’s my biggest protector.
33. She has a great sense of humor.
34. She has always thought I could accomplish great things.
35. She loves her life.
36. You can usually find her on the porch solving sudoku puzzles.
37. She has an impeccable sense of style.
Look at how pretty she is!
38. She has always wanted to volunteer helping adults read.
39. She loves Mexican food.
40. She’s an amazing (and aggressive!) tennis player.
41. She’s hungry for new experiences.
42. She and I love to go shopping together.
43. She has a heart of gold.
44. Reading is one of her favorite pastimes.
45. She loves getting cards in the mail.
46. She is standing up for herself more and more every day.
47. We like to bake chocolate chip cookies together.
48. Despite what she says, she actually has a very nice singing voice. It does not sound like a frog.
49. She’s had a crazy amount of knee surgeries.
50. She’s gorgeous.
51. She’s endearingly goofy.
Mom (left) and I, with her friend Pam at the Top of the Rock, NYC.
52. She loves getting up early in the morning and sitting outside to watch the world wake up.
53. She never wants to be a burden.
54. She has a strong sense of pride, and will not give in if someone’s hurt her.
55. She always jokes that the next time I ask, “So, what’s been going on?” she’ll make up some crazy story to see if I am paying attention.
56. She has an amazing eye for color & decorating, yet won’t paint her walls anything but white, off white or tan.
57. She was a rogue Girl Scout leader, because she taught girls to be independent, to build things, and to explore, rather than other leaders who confined girls to do “girl” things like sewing, baking and caring for babies.
58. She’s the safest driver I know. Curb jumping aside...
She didn't hit any curbs in this car!
59. She cries when she reads greeting cards or when people say nice things to her.
60. “You Needed Me” by Anne Murray has special meaning to us.
61. She’s very generous with her friends and family.
62. She was an amazing real estate agent.
63. She’s slowly coming out of her shell.
64. I like to watch her dance - it makes me giggle.
Dancing with her friend
65. We like to make silly videos together, though it’s been years since we’ve done it.
66. She emphatically requests that I sing “The Rose” whenever possible.
67. While she’s adventurous with many things, food is not one of them.
68. She loves warm weather and sunshine.
69. She has the thickest fingernails I have ever seen. I am SO envious!
70. She always said, “People will treat you the way you let them treat you.”
71. She’s very sentimental.
72. She cares about my happiness, and sometimes worries about me being alone.
73. When I was around the age of 12 or 13, she said to me very seriously, “One day you’re going to read “Atlas Shrugged” and then we’re going to talk about it.” She was very, very excited when I finally finished the book a few years ago.
74. She loves nothing more than being around the water.
75. She taught me that no matter your politics, faith, or position in life, the most important thing is to be a good person.

I love you, Mom. I am very lucky to have you in my life -- I am starting to learn, more and more, how rare our relationship is. Thank you for being all that you are to me.

Happy Mother’s Day! (PS: Your card is in the mail...)

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Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has toured nationally with plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. For more information, please visit

1 comment:

  1. It is wonderful that you are your mother are so close and that you are able to express your love for her so beautifully! I am happy for both of you!!!



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