Happy Birthday, Mom!

I thought about not doing this, but I decided I had to.

You see….

My mom is a great friend and she’s a wonderful cheerleader for me. She has encouraged my creativity all my life. I don’t remember a time when she said that I would never make any money as a writer or that I should do something different. In fact, it’s in very large part because of her that I am a writer.

When I was growing up, she was a babysitter. I helped tell stories to the kids. I told bedtime stories to my brother. Eventually, I started writing them down. I started reading Writer’s Digest and other writing magazines. In college, I was reading an issue of WD while sitting in the hallway, waiting for class to let out so I could go in for the next class. A classmate sat on the floor beside me and noticed what I was reading.

“Oh. Are you a writer?”

I hesitated. No one outside of my family knew about that. “Yes.”

“Cool.” She started reading whatever she had with her and that was the end of that conversation.

I can’t — and won’t — say I was very confident when I answered, but I was confident enough to answer. And that is thanks to my mom.

So, yeah, I just wanted to take this time here to tell her happy birthday. She’s the best!

(The picture here is one of the very few selfies I ever took. It’s my Mom and I at a Kevin Welch concert at the Goddard Center in Ardmore, Oklahoma.)

15 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Mom!”

  1. That is a great picture of you and your mom. I come to Ardmore sometimes visiting my dad in Oklahoma City. I wish your mom a Happy Birthday and give her a hug from me as I miss my mom so much as she has gone to Heaven. But I know she is watching over me just as your mom is and I know your mom is proud of you. Congrats on being a writer its such a noble profession.

  2. Adding my name to the many wishing her happy birthday! So glad to hear she was a big encouragement to you. Mine was to me as well.
    What kind of writing do you do?
    All the best in your endeavors!

    1. Amy, I had to do a double-take on your name with the way it showed up. There’s a lady who is in the same state organization I am named Amy Shojai. lol. So you’re in great company.

      I honestly write a little bit of everything. My fiction is under a pen name. My main topics are creativity, social media, and disability issues.

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