When I talk to my friends, we often talk about our families. Our discussions sometimes turn to our parents, and when between two close friends, the truths that come out are interesting.
Sometimes my friends have regrets about their own actions. They also ruminate on the foibles of their parents. “Well, you know, my dad has this habit,” or, “My mom was great, but I learned that (X thing) is something I need to avoid for my own kids.”
I’m pretty blessed. When I consider my mother, I can’t identify any disappointment at all. Maybe I’m dumb or blind, but I doubt it—selfishness has the keenest of eyes—and she’s someone that I want to emulate.
I don’t know if I’ll ever be blessed with kids, or even a wife. If I am, I hope that I can use the values she taught me, and I hope that my wife will be as tenacious and intrepid as her. I also hope that she’ll lose when playing Terraforming Mars. 😉 Actually, with more playthroughs, I don’t like the progress I’m seeing, so I’ll have to modify that.
Love you, mom!