I heard it long before I saw it.
Bearing down on me, grumbling and rattling my entire bike.
I felt my body go cold as I glanced over my left shoulder and saw the dump truck growing closer to me as I approached the top of the hill.
In complete panic, I quickly turned of my handlebars and my front tire hit a patch of loose gravel and my seven-year old body was thrown through the air and into a massive, immovable tree trunk.
On a street where I wasn’t supposed to ride my bike in the first place.
And then everything went dark.
When I woke, my mother’s face was the first thing I saw.
The sharp pain in my left wrist and the raw skin on my face contrasted sharply by the soft look of concern in her eyes.
She wrapped me up, whispered loving words, packed me into the car and took me off to the hospital, where my broken wrist was placed in a cast and the cuts and scratches on my face were treated.
And we went home, where my mother, confident that I was safe and would heal, punished me for breaking the rules by riding my bike on an unsafe street.
That she took time to comfort me when I needed it and then held firm to her rules helped shape the mother I am today.
There are times when I see in myself that same ability to be both firm and soft…strict and kind.
And as I look at my children, I am so grateful to my mother for being my everything as a child.
For loving me unconditionally, but also teaching me right from wrong.
This parenting thing isn’t easy, but she handled my childhood with a grace that I can only hope I’m showing to my children.
And this year for Mother’s Day, I can’t think of a better way to thank my mom for all that she has done for me than to show her how much she’s influenced me as a mother.
In addition to a traditional card, I’m sending her an Animoto video that can express my gratitude in a lasting, visual way.
Thank you, Mom! I love you!
When you visit Animoto, use use coupon code CleverFL to create one free full-length personalized video of your own.
Then, once you’ve seen how easy it is to make a video with Animoto, leave a comment here telling me who you’d make a video for because one commenter will receive a coupon code for a one-year subscription to Animoto Plus. Just think of all the love you can spread in a year!
You may enter to win until May 6th at midnight PST. Good luck and happy Mother’s Day!