Sunday, May 11, 2014

Thanks, Mom


Everyone has a very set relationship with their moms.

We grow up with a mom whose motherly role manifests itself in a specific way. Sometimes differing between siblings.

Some moms train you to be like them.
Some moms train you to be what they USED to be.
Some moms become your best friend.
Some moms think tough love is what will make you a functioning adult.
Some moms think criticism and shame will make you into a functioning adult.
Some moms think letting you have/do whatever you want will make you into a functioning adult.
Some moms leave you so you will be a functioning adult.
Some moms are with you constructively, unconditionally, loving you, watching you break shit, hugging you when you need it.

At the foundation, I think moms are doing what they think they are supposed to be doing. They think they are doing the right thing. They think they are doing what you need them to do.

As a result, our adult selves usually manifest this way:

We become a functioning adult because of our moms.

OR

We become a functioning adult in spite of our moms.

No matter what, thanks, mom. Thanks for doing what you need to be doing. We all try to do our best, and you're the person we started from.

As messed up as a sentiment as that sounds.

I will spend my adult life working too hard, putting everyone else's needs before my own, probably until it kills me.

Because that's all I know. 

And I love my mom (and dad) for that.
But seriously, you crazy people need to take a break sometimes.
I mean it.
You can save the world again AFTER a vacation.
OK?

Love,
-C McG

PS. Dad is much more handsome than depicted in this comic. I also assume my brother is missing because he's off taking the picture (Mostly, I'm lazy at drawing. But I love my brother, too).






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