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She's my best friend


May 06, 2014

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    My mom never set out to become my best friend.
    When I was growing up, Momma spanked me when I got out of line. Our house was never the “cool” house at which to gather because when I had friends over, she held them to the same high standards to which she held me. She wasn’t concerned about hearing the latest gossip, and while she volunteered much of her free time over the years to help with the activities in which I was involved, she never was interested in becoming a member of the “cool mom clique.”
    No, Momma never set out to become my best friend — but that’s exactly what she’s done.
    Because of those spankings, I learned that there are consequences to my actions. Those high standards to which she held me taught me self-control, and her lack of concern about being part of the “in crowd” showed me the importance of independence, of discovering and remaining true to myself.
    I was a straight-A student throughout school, not because of any pressure from my parents but because I accepted only the best from myself. Occasionally, when Momma saw those self-inflicted standards getting to me more than they should, she'd insist I take a “mental health day” — a day off from school that was kind of like a sick day, just not for any physical illness. Those days helped me to become a better student, one who learned to manage stress, to know when to take a step back and simply breathe. Although it's been six years since I was a student, I appreciate now more than ever the value of a mental health day.
    As a nurse practitioner — who just happens to be weeks away from earning her Doctor of Nursing Practice  degree from Georgia Southern University — Momma takes care of everyone. It's an exhausting career path she's chosen, physically, mentally and spiritually, but it's what she feels called to do — and she does it better than anyone. Most of all, though, she takes care of me.
    Momma, I am completely unworthy of such a selfless, beautiful, godly mother. My prayer is that I may grow to become even half as great a woman, wife, friend and mom as you. You are my best friend, and I couldn't love you any more.
    Happy Mother's Day!

    Linsay Cheney Rudd is the editor of Connect Statesboro, and she loves hearing from readers! Get in touch with her at lcheney@connectstatesboro.com.

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