It's October. When the weather starts to cool down, the leaves display their true colors and spooky things begin to appear. It also happens to be the birthday of the Queen of Halloween: my mother Janet. My mother turns the big 6 - 0 today and to celebrate, I thought I would share a bit about her and how special she is!
On Friday, I did a writing activity with my Intermediate level students. They had to write 10 questions that they could ask a stranger to get to know them better. When they were finished writing, I told them that they could each select a question to ask me.
"Who is a person that you admire?"
My immediate thought was my mother. My mother is one of the most helpful and loving people that I know. She always puts others' needs before her own and makes sure that everyone is happy, healthy and well fed. At any time of the day or night I know that all I need to do is text her and she will be awake and ready to help me with whatever I need. The woman has some major stamina!
My mother is a mountain lover. She was born in Montana. She is currently obsessed with Switzerland. She is the happiest when she is near her beloved mountains. I have inherited her love of mountains!
My mother loves animals; specifically cows, monkeys, camels and horses. I think this is where my love of animals came from. My dad did influence that too, as he can calm down and charm any cat he meets.
My mom is the Halloween Queen. I think that it has always been one of my favorite holidays by default. She usually decorates the entire first floor of our house from floor to ceiling in pumpkins, ghosts, ghouls, witches, cats, bats, devils, etc. She is always cooking up Halloween themed treats and hosting great parties. She also made these awesome matching sweatshirts.
My mom loves to travel, especially if it is to see her family! She's constantly planning road trips to see U.S. relatives and of course overseas adventures to visit me. We've been through a lot together on our travels... like the time someone tried to steal our kidneys.
My mom is basically a wedding planner. She helped me with all the amazing details of our Barcelona beach wedding, such as a handmade shell and flower bouquet! She is the best party planner. My wedding was just as I had dreamed, thanks to her.
I love you Mom and I hope you have a fantastic birthday! I'm sorry that I can't be there, but I have a plan for when you come to Australia! Also, a big shout out for being the editor of my blog!
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