My Mom & I's Relationship, According To Rory And Lorelai

My Mom & I's Relationship, According To Rory And Lorelai

My mom and I have a relationship I wouldn’t trade for anything. A countless number of people have told me that I look just like her and that our personalities are almost identical but our relationship is built on more than just our similarity.

Rory Gilmore said it best “My mother never gave me any idea that I couldn’t do whatever I wanted to do or be whomever I wanted to be. I don’t know if she ever realized that the person I most wanted to be was her.”

It was my mom’s birthday in February and it was the first time we had ever been apart for that special day. While I sent her flowers, sung her happy birthday over the phone, and sent her many texts, nothing could replace being with her in person.

My mom and I have a relationship I wouldn’t trade for anything. A countless number of people have told me that I look just like her and that our personalities are almost identical but our relationship is built on more than just our similarity. From the moment I was born my mom has been protecting me, guiding me, and building me up. Above all she has always been on my side but not in the way you might think.

Growing up, whenever I was in the wrong, my mom was completely transparent with me. While at the time all I wanted was validation, she was teaching me to be better than that. She wanted me to learn that doing what is right is better than the comfortable feeling of hiding our wrong-doings.

When I was little, I never saw my mom as human. She was this amazing person who never felt any of the pains that I did. She never felt lonely or sad or insecure. She was never concerned about what other people thought of her. But none of that is true. As I have gotten older my mom and I’s relationship has grown stronger purely because I understand her more deeply. We talk candidly on the phone about our day-to-day lives and all the things we are facing without each other. Life is sure a lot harder to deal with without my mom by my side.

There is a scene in the opening credits of Gilmore Girls (which is one of my mom and I’s favorites!) with a video of Rory and Lorelai that my mom and I always joke is us. I can’t count the number of times I have laid my head on my mom’s shoulder and breathed a sigh of relief.

In fact, there are one too many scenes in Gilmore Girls that perfectly match my mom and I’s relationship. Here is my mom and I’s relationship as told by Rory and Lorelai:

My mom gave my sister and I a gift each semester. Her policy was that once every fall and spring we were allowed to take a mental health day. There needed to be no explanation just that we were taking our mental health day and she would allow it. But sometimes all our activities and academics became too much to handle and one of us would have a mental breakdown. My mom always found a way to pick us up with a Starbucks iced chai latte and a chocolate chip cookie.

She is both my serious advice-giving and goofy fun-loving best friend. My mom knows how to have fun and whenever I am home from college she makes an effort to make it the most enjoyable break possible. When I was home for spring break in March, she suggested a spontaneous road trip to Fort Worth for the day. It was probably one of the best days we’ve spent together. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

I have always been known as the hug-lover in my family. And there is nothing quite like a hug from my mom. Somehow it makes all my broken bits and pieces stick back together again and set the world back on its axis. It’s for this reason I have struggled on occasion during my time at college. There are days when all I want is a hug from my mom. While a phone call is nice, a hug would make my day.

My mom stands behind me every step of the way and in every situation. I've had my heart broken more than once and every time she takes my side. When I was rejected from my top choice school, she placed a plate of chocolates in front of me and recited a list of reasons why they didn't deserve to have me. She knew that my heart had been set on one thing for so long that it was going to be difficult to accept but she did all that she could to help me heal.

I think most people are undeserving of a parent’s love or at least unaware of it. It took me moving states away to Georgia to see just what I was missing. I knew I loved her before but not being with her while I am at college has been unexpectedly difficult. I know that my mom reads all of my Odyssey articles so I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you Mom for letting me call you for 15 minutes in between classes and for hours on end late at night. Thank you for allowing me to vent angrily about my day and joyously tell you way too much information about class I am loving. Thank you for giving me your determination to succeed and expensive taste in clothing. You have given me everything I need and more.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.


My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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My Mom Is My Biggest Weakness In The Best Way Possible

Although my mom is still my parent, she's also a friend.


My parents are everything to me. They raised me to be independent, strong, smart, and hard working. They made sure to keep me in line, to ensure that I would be respectful and responsible. They raised me to be prepared for the world before I graduated high school. For everything they've done, I'm very grateful.

Focusing on my mom more specifically, she is my weakness. By that I mean, I can go to her with anything and I know she's willing to listen, to be open, and she won't impart judgment.

My mom always knows how to calm me down, but she is the one person who can also make me cry harder. I don't mean this in a bad way. It's just that whenever I've had a tough day or my anxiety has been heightened by some ordeal, I know that if I see my mom or if I even call her over the phone, the waterworks come flooding. I don't know what it is about my mom that makes me feel so emotional, so vulnerable. Each time I go to her, it's almost as if I'm a kid again, crawling into her mother's arms, seeking a nurturing soul to tell me that everything will be okay.

Sometimes I even avoid calling my mom when I'm in a rut because I refuse to cry or feel weak. For instance, if I had a problem, I'd avoid talking to her about it. If a week goes by, I'll update her on my problems, and begin crying about it (even though I was already over it beforehand). My mom can bring out anything from me. She laughs when I tell her this because she knows that no matter how old her baby girl gets, she'll always need her mama.

I think as I've gotten older, I've realized how much more my parents mean to me. As a kid, I always felt like they were against me. I felt as if they didn't want me to do anything and didn't want me to grow. As an adult, I realize it's the exact opposite. My parents have always wanted what's best for me, and because I've grown to understand this, I feel so much closer to them.

I feel as though now, although my mom is still my parent, she's also a friend. She's someone I can go to when I feel down, someone I can go to for a good laugh. She's so much better than me in so many ways. She's outgoing, loud, obnoxious, smart, and is always seeing the good in situations. When I talk about my mom to other people, they're always so interested in meeting with her or talking with her. When they finally get the chance to, they're instantly drawn to her character. They're drawn to her laughter. I kid you not, my mom can light up a room in seconds. She is always the life of the party. It sometimes makes me jealous when people find out how amazing my mother is because I swear they'd rather be friends with her than me.

What people don't see is her struggles. They don't see the pain she goes through with her ongoing injury. They don't see that not only does it take a physical toll, but also an emotional toll. She hides it really well because that's what parents are "supposed to do." My mom is the strongest person I know and to see the two contrasts of her is astonishing. To think that someone so full of life can also battle personal struggles, it's hard to see, especially because she's my mom and all I want is the best for her. One part of my mom struggles while the other part of her is so vibrant, so full of life, so sassy.

I don't know how she's put up with all of the hardships in her life. I've never seen someone work so hard and refuse to fail. She refuses to be taken advantage of. I've never seen someone as amazing as my mother. She can do anything.

I think my mom looks down on herself sometimes. I think, like any woman, she sees imperfections. What I don't think she sees, that I wish she would, is the tenacity she has. I want her to see herself the way I do: beautiful, strong, courageous, sassy, outgoing. I could go on and on about how much my mom inspires me and how she's made me appreciate her in more ways than one.

Mom, thank you for all that you do and all that you are. I hope you know how much Rachel, Vanessa and I all love you. I hope you know that no matter what struggles we go through, you are our rock. You hold the fort down and you're always there to make sure we're good, even when you aren't yourself. Thank you for always thinking of us, for believing in us, and for never turning your back. I love you more than you know.

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