You all know my mom. She is the most amazing, kind, happy, loving, helpful soul ever. I have always known her as "Mom". Of course, I have seen photos of her from her wedding and from when she was little.
But I had never seen this photo before. I came across this photo the other day, and I was able to pick her out immediately! Can you? This photo was taken when my mom was a sophomore in high school. And for some reason, it hit me differently. I had never seen my mother as Margaret, or Red, as many people called her then. I loved getting a glimpse into her life as a teenager in the 1950's, among her friends, on picture day at school. I thought about how she chose the dress she did that day, and how she styled her hair. What class did she have right before? Did she go home right after school, or walk to the soda shop with her friends? I thought of her going home to my grandma's house, and asking what was for dinner. I thought of all the things I knew about her life that she didn't know that day, as she smiled for the camera. I am so very thankful I stumbled upon this photo a few days before Mother's Day. I loved spending some time with my lovely mother... before she was Mom.
To all the mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, those waiting to be, those praying to be, Happy and Blessed Mother's Day!
P.S. My mom is in the front row, the fourth girl from the left, in the polka dot dress. : )