My Mom Is My Best Friend And It's OK If You're Jealous

My Mom Is My Best Friend And It's OK If You're Jealous

I will never take my relationship with my mom for granted.
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We all love our moms. We all have different relationships with our moms. Now that I have grown up, I have established an adult relationship that has allowed my mom to be my best friend.

We have gotten through that stage of puberty where I absolutely couldn't stand her. We would always be in a brawl because, well, you know I "knew better." Boy, was that a joke. My mom is one of the wisest people I know, and I wished I listened to her more back then.

Even though there may be an age difference between us two, we still make the best of friends. We are no longer that toddler and sleep deprived duo. I have grown and matured. I have become a person my mom actually wants to be around. I think that means she did parenting right.

Now we can laugh together over a bottle of wine. We can bond over Hallmark Christmas movies. We can discuss politics without screaming. We can embarrass each other in public and just laugh it off. We can travel together and both be aware of our surroundings. I can treat her to dinner. We can teach other life hacks on doing makeup and hairstyles.

We can bond over similar hobbies such as cooking new foods, thrift shopping, and couponing. Maybe I have an old soul, or maybe I just love my friendship with my mom.

Throughout my whole life, I have always had my mom. She has been the only consistent person in my life. She has always been that rock I could count on. She could pick me up from rock bottom and she could also put my feet back on the ground. She was there to hold me when I cried and there to dance with me when I was happy. She was never toxic to me, never hurt me, and only wanted to see me succeed.

I am so blessed to have a mom like mine. I am so grateful I was brought into this world by a woman with a full of love and understanding. My mom plays it off like she is just like any other mom, but no this mom is mine. And she an incredible person. I only hope to be as much like her for my kids.

I will never take my relationship with my mom for granted. I have been blessed with a mother, a confidant and best friend. Anyone can say they have the best mom in the world, but I truly have the best mom in the universe.

Cover Image Credit: Jen Wunder

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14 Things You Relate To If You Grew Up WithOUT Any Cousins

*GASP* "What, you really don't have any cousins?"

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It always shocks every person who hears me state that I do not have any cousins. For some reason, this is just hard for people to really believe when it's actually not something impossible. I think we are all just so used to large families that it sounds weird when people say that they have no cousins. Yet, it is definitely a potential reality, and actually impossible if each of your parents is the only child to your grandparents.

Here are 14 things that you can relate to if you grew up without any cousins.

1. Nobody believes you when you say that you don't have any cousins

I'm serious, for the tenth time.

2. Your grandparents spoil you

With no other grandchildren to worry about, it's pretty easy to do.

3. You don't understand when people say that cousins are your first best friends

My best friend was my first best friend.

4. You and your siblings are always the youngest people at family events

This was simultaneosuly a good thing and a bad thing.

5. You get all of the attention at holidays

Since you're the youngest one around, then distant relatives are always doting over you.

6. Everything you do is deemed awesome by your extended family because there is nobody to compete with

It's much easier to be praised when you aren't being compared to someone similar to your age.

7. You don't know how to hold babies

You're never around them so why would you?

8. Family photos are pretty easy to coordinate

The less people, the easier.

9. Other family members spoil you just because 

Afterall, you are the only kid around...

10. The family will make comments regarding the potential for you to have a cousin as a justification for why they aren't doing something for you

When you hear, "I can't buy you too much because someday your aunt is going to have kids and I will have to do the same for them" you cringe and just had to know that all of the attention wouldn't last forever.

11. Birthdays are always a big deal

A perk of not having very many to remember.

12. If your parents' siblings own pets, then you refer to the animal as your cousin

Cat cousins, dog cousins, lizard cousins, and fish cousins can be pretty cool, actually.

13. Sometimes you dream of marrying into a big family

This is to ensure that your kids do grow up with cousins.

14. You appreciate the closeness of your tight-knit fam

Maybe the only thing you would miss if you had a big family is the opportunity to develop such close bonds with the few relatives that you do have.

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