1. My mom- she sent me a hasty text the other day stating that after her beloved pooch passes (he has a brain tumor) that she will most likely be job hunting and moving. Now, this is unlike my mother. Of course we all like to dream that family will move close and whatnot, but I really thought she might be serious! So, we talked about life, love, and dogs. Joked about her moving in with my siblings in Milwaukee for the summer and then coming down to Phoenix for the winters. Hey, it would be an adventure!!! FInally the conversation ended with essentially slimming down on unneccessary expenses. Something that I kind of love- being thrifty. She mentioned ditching cable TV, her home phone, and living a little more frugal. Now, I am super lazy in the fact that I am 26 years old and my mom still has me on her family plan... and I usually forget to pay her because, hey, she has been paying for it for 10 years. I just found out she has been paying for a life insurance policy for me and my siblings that I didn't even know existed.... which I could definitely afford to pay, but have been just livin' the life of a kid who's mom has always taken care of her.
At this point, I thought I really knew just the extent that she cared for us kids. But, dang, she has really got this mom thing down by even taking care of her adult children... who probably make more money than she does... and never even asks for a penny. How self-less? This just shows me one more thing that I need to live up to in order to be just as humble and loving of a person she is. Mom, you're one patient and dedicated person- thanks for taking care of me for the past 26 years... and probably some more in the future!
2. A past-client called me tonight. First, I thought it was a politician or something calling me from a weird number so I silenced it, hoping they would leave a voicemail if it was important. Nope. No voicemail, must not have been dire. Then I got another call from the same number... "Damn, what caseworker is calling me this late? Leave me alone while I roam the internet and veg out!" I admit I answered it a bit grumpily. But, it happened to be little Nia* who they wanted to transfer me to. "Sure!" We chatted about her new life and transitioning, missing people, and getting in the groove of the new structured environment. She brightened my day, because, you know, it is pretty important when a kid remembers you. Over the hundreds of people these kids meet in the "system" at least I stuck out, in a good way. Although Nia had her troubles- and let me tell you she has been one of the naughtiest- I still care about how she is doing. I still appreciate her reaching out to keep me updated, and hope that she knows she can use me as a reference, or just a mentor to talk to in tough times. Hopefully, she will continue to see the use in our relationship, but maybe someday she will use those wings I have helped her grow and not need me anymore. For now, it's nice to know that someone cares, and admires me for what I do and say. So thank you Nia for remembering and reassuring me in an unintentional way that I have touched someone's life.
*Name changed for confidentiality