My mom lives 550 miles and three pee stops north of me. But thanks to the beauty that is modern technology - we talk via free cell phone minutes, or email...nearly every single day. I need my mom, of that there is no doubt.
She has a way of helping me get to the core of an issue when I can't see it myself. Just this past week I called her up when I was feeling so completely and totally overwhelmed with everything - Pa's overtime, the boys not sleeping, so much on my own plate that I've commited myself to. And I whined. Just the same as when I did when I was five.
Mooooooooooooooooooooooom *sniff* I can't do it all, please quit your job and sell your home and come and live with us and help me. (insert pouty lip and big blue begging eyes here)
But since that's not feasible right now, instead - she helped me to see my problem in a different light. My mom has a way of not giving me a direct answer, but rather..making me realize it. When she was finally able to get a word in between my wallowing self pity she made this small comment, "at least you get to work from home"
She is so completely and totally correct and I wasn't seeing that part of it last week.
I get to work at home - while playing Scrabble with my mother back and forth online all day. Well...my turns lately have been few and far between but that's a whole other story.
I get to work at home, and the fact is the coin does keep our Wendy in clothes. I can wear my pj's all day long and do work that creatively I enjoy. And it took my mom to remind me how good that really is. And it was like a calm came over me and my mommy made it all better.
That's just one of many many times when my mother has steered me in the right direction without telling me the answer directly but making me look into my own heart. She's always done this - and I appreciate it so much.