Then: Beth & Katie Now: Katie, her daughter Maggie, her sister Alix, & Mom Beth
What do you call your “Mom”?
What is your earliest childhood memory about your Mom?
Drawing with me – my mom would draw brides for me when I was about 5 or 6 and I loved watching her do that. Big wedding dress, veil, bouquet…I asked her to draw them over and over.
What is the most special moment you shared with your Mom?
Probably watching her hold both of my children when they were babies.
What favorite things did you do with your Mom when you were growing up?
My mom would take the four of us to the beach for the afternoon throughout the summer when we were younger – she would pack a picnic dinner and we would stay into the early evening. Another favorite thing was shopping for a special back-to-school outfit together.
What things did your Mom make you do that you didn’t want to do?
My mom was very committed to healthy eating and although I didn’t mind what she made, it didn’t look as good to me as the Spaghettios my friends were allowed to eat. But when I had my own kids, I realized how right she was back then and I’m so grateful for her example.
When you got into trouble, what did your Mom do that helped you learn?
She understood that mistakes can be the best teacher. She took the time to talk with me and help me see how I could take what I learned and do things differently.
How do you most want to be like your Mom?
My mom has always valued people and the relationships she has with family and friends. She consistently remembers special occasions, is a great listener and makes others feel like they matter to her. I really admire that about her. She also loves a grand adventure, and has passed that along to each of her children.
Growing up, what is a favorite memory of your Mom?
We always had a vegetable garden growing up, and for a few years, we even had our own chickens. My mom could often be found in the garden planting, weeding, harvesting or just inspecting progress. She’s still an active gardener and her organic summer produce is beyond compare.
How has your Mom impacted your life? What do you most admire about her?
My mom gave me a lot of independence while providing a safe place to land. She encouraged my interests, supported my activities, and when it was time for me to make my own life, she never once made me feel limited as I made the choices that were right for me. I certainly credit her for my sense of adventure and desire to try new things. I admire the values I have watched my mom live out on a daily basis – her focus on family, faith and giving back inspires me to want to do the same.
What is your favorite thing to do when you get together?
I have not lived near my mom since I graduated from college, so we try to make good use of our time when we do see each other. My mom was an art history major in college and we love going to art museums together. We also love to talk over coffee or lunch without paying any attention at all to the time.
Do you have a funny story or memory you would like to share?
My mom was a girl scout all the way through high school and I love to hear her tell the story of the time she was a counselor at a girl scout camp and had to kill a copperhead snake. She held it down with a rake while the other counselor finished it off.
What makes her better than any other Mom?
Simply the fact that she’s mine!
What’s the best advice your Mom has given you?
Balance in all things.
Describe your Mom with 3 words:
Intelligent, resourceful, genuine