|eating a cookie *before* the race|
my mom was sick with early-onset dementia for several years before she passed away in a hospital in Germany two weeks after i had visited her, read stories to her, and told her that it was okay if she didn't want to hold on anymore. that was a pretty tough visit, and i was a pretty angry person for a really long time afterward.
i'm so thankful for everything that my mom taught me. especially for the love of the outdoors that she instilled in me. and for her love of dogs that she passed on to me. my mom was out and about all the time running, riding her bike, swimming, and walking the dogs in the forest. she was pretty darn amazing. she came to all of my sporting events when i was in high school, and when she came to visit me in college she was always chomping at the bit to go hiking or skiing. she was truly a kid at heart.
she was tolerant of my temper (that i'm sure i inherited from my dad's side) and proud of me in everything that i did ~ no matter what. she was proud of me for the efforts that i made even when i was hardest on myself for thinking that i was not successful enough.
for my mom and everything that she taught me, i am thankful. Happy Mother's Day.