Happy Birthday, Mom!

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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 thought on “Happy Birthday, Mom!”

  1. amybovai

    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. jencnipps Post author

      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.

    1. jencnipps Post author

      It’s been a great one. We were having what was supposed to be a surprise party for her, but my youngest niece told her on the phone this morning. lol

  2. queenof5dollarbling

    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.


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