In honor of Mother’s Day, we want to hear your mom stories. Despite the really bad bowl cut she gave you in the first grade, moms are superheroes with really large purses and emergency cases of water in her trunk. So, send your stories our way and let us help you honor her on our website, social media and newsletter.
Here’s Our First Tribute, from Reader Nicholas van Tulder:
“Dear Sway Team,
I don’t like to brag about myself, but bragging about my mom is too easy! My mother, Beatrice, immigrated to the US from Belgium over 30 years ago. She has been a nurse and pillar of the community in my hometown of Burien, Washington ever since.
She has always been an active member of the community AND a busy mom with four kids. As a nurse she’s touched so many lives with her caring attention and willingness to listen to everyone’s story. Sometimes this is even means stepping in as an impromptu translator for young travelers from France who had their round-the-world travels interrupted by a medical emergency. Lucky for them they found my mom who immediately offered them a place to stay and all the help they needed during their month of recuperation.
My mother is always looking for ways to serve others. Nine years ago, after taking time off work to fight cancer and WIN, she found herself with extra time on her hands. Naturally she jumped in with a local organization that builds homes for the homeless in South Seattle. Several years and 50 houses later, she has helped countless people get back on their feet. She remains a faithful friends and helper for everyone she has met.
Shortly after beating cancer, she was rewarded with the news that I planned on joining the Army. That was not her plan for my future, however, she supported my decision. Shortly after, while in basic training, I received a letter announcing she had volunteered for the USO. For the past six years my mother has enthusiastically been greeting weary military travelers passing through the SeaTac Airport on their way around the world and loves calling to tell me about her experiences there.
My mother continues to amaze me with her tireless pursuit of service to others. Not only has she successfully raised four children and continues to care for us from thousands of miles away, but she also has love to spare for everyone she encounters in any environment and any condition. She is my WonderMom.”
Interested in sharing your mom stories? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.