I have an exciting weekend planned with my mom that I’m so proud to tell you about! This weekend we’ll be in East Lansing on the campus of my beloved alma mater, Michigan State University, where she will receive an Honorary Alumni Award!
I’m so thrilled that she’s receiving such an honor and I’m really happy to have a mother-daughter bonding weekend right before Mother’s Day. You see, I have one of the best moms in the world.
A little about my mom:
Nancy Peters graduated from Immaculata High School in Detroit, MI. At age 18, her father passed away. She entered the workforce immediately to help her widowed mother and two younger siblings. For 13 years, Nancy served as a legal secretary for law firms in Detroit. At 31, she had her only daughter Lindsay. She then split her time between being a mother and running the family business started by her husband, Craig Peters. When Craig passed away in 2003, Nancy became President of Metropolitan Process Service. Her small business employs 17 people and has been serving the legal community since 1971. Education is important to Nancy since she did not have the opportunity to go college. Health communication research is specifically a priority to Nancy as a way to memorialize her husband, who was on a kidney donation waiting list, but passed away before receiving his kidney donation.
So that of course is her professional bio. That doesn’t tell you what an amazing mom she is.
When I say that my mom is supportive, that’s the understatement of the decade. As a kid, I was a figure skater. She (and my dad for that matter) never missed any competition or ice show I was in. She never told me at the time, but after I stopped skating, she told me how nervous she would get on my behalf. So sweet.
When I was a teen, if I got in a fight with a friend she would defend me until the end. I’ll never forget the time when a friend who I had a falling out with called our house. Apparently my mom had some stern words for her when she told her I was not available to talk. I was not in any way upset. I was honored to have my mom on my side. She could have not intervened, and then put me in an awkward situation. This intuition is completely natural to her.
When I went to college at MSU, she was once again there for me no matter what I needed. I remember when my tuition check got lost in the mail and when I went to go register for classes, I was locked out of the computer system. In a panic that I would not get into the courses I wanted, I called mom. Once again, she saved the day. She immediately got in her car, drove to East Lansing and brought me a new check. And the few times I was a little short on grocery money, she never complained about helping a ‘poor college kid’ out.
After college, she never wavered in her cheerleading for me. When I decided it was time to move on my from time in radio, she was the first person to step and and offer me work until I found my ‘perfect job.’ When I figured out that the perfect job for me was starting my own company, once again she was proud of me.
And during my married life, she’s never pressured me for grand kids, though I’m her only child and her only chance at them! 😉 Little known to many, Rich and I have been trying to conceive for a year now without any luck (despite clean bills of health). Failing at something that many times can be very disheartening, but she’s been without a doubt the best person to talk to about the subject. Unlike some others, she does not offer unasked for advice, but instead is a positive, listening ear.
She simply knows the right things to say at the right times and has never once not been there for me. And while most moms and daughters, we had arguments, especially when I was a teen. But we never dwelled on disagreements. And since my dad passed away, we’re even closer. I’m really blessed to have her as my mom.
I’ll close with a poem, which is more eloquent and I can ever be:
A Mother’s Love
By Michael O. Adesayna
There are times only when a Mother’s love
Can understand our tears,
Can soothe our disappointments
And calm all our fears.
There are times when only a Mother’s Love
Can share the joy we feel
When something we’ve dreamed about
Quite suddenly is real.
There are times when only a Mother’s faith
Can help on life’s way
And inspire in us the confidence
We need from day to day.
For a Mother’s heart and a Mother’s faith
And a Mother’s steadfast love
Were fashioned by the Angels
And sent from God above…