Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thankful for Thursday


Today I'm taking my first stab at participating in a meme. Oasis for YA hosts a weekly Thankful for Thursday meme. This week we're focusing on the special people in our lives. It was a really hard job to pick just one from my very extensive list, but the person who jumps right to mind is my mother. Here she is with me and two of my three sisters.


I chose my mom for all the obvious reasons (she raised me, loves me, is always there for me, etc.), but also because this blog is about writing, and I can't think of anyone who has been more supportive of my writing than my mother. That's not to say other family members aren't overwhelmingly supportive, because they definitely are, but I consider Mom my own personal cheering section. She reads lightning fast and is always willing to read anything I ask her to. She's usually got the entire thing - even full length novels - read and (honestly) critiqued in a day or two. I think she feels my writing joys and disappointments as deeply as I do, but she's always ready with an encouraging word and a hug.

For all you do, thanks Mom!
Who are you thankful for this Thursday?

Be sure to check out Oasis for YA to participate in the Thankful for Thursday meme (and to wish the wonderful Sheri Larsen a happy birthday!)

39 comments:

Talli Roland said...

Oh, what a lovely tribute to your Mom! Hm... I'm going to have to say my husband for supporting me for the past three years while I wrote full-time! Yay for him! :)

Lola Sharp said...

I just teared up. :)

You are SO blessed, lucky to have a mother (and family) like you do.

Hugs,
Lola

Lynn said...

Beautiful words for your mom. I'm thankful for time today to catch up on reading blogs!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Mothers are truly the greatest--and you did a beautiful job of honoring yours. I'm thankful for my three kiddos. :-)

David Powers King said...

This post makes me want to call my mother. I think I will. Great post, Susan.

Jessie Harrell said...

Great post for a great mother! Thanks for joining in the meme with your awesome tribute. I love my mommy too (just wish she read as fast as yours). ;)

Joanne said...

You're blessed to have such close connections, that's what life's all about. Cheers to your Mom, while I'm thankful for my daughters today :)

tangynt said...

My friends, Angie and Shae, who didn't give me "the look" or roll their eyes when I told them I wanted to pursue my writing seriously.

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss susan! wow you got me some tears.yep moms are the best supporters for sure. yikes! theres lots of people im thankful for and youre one of them. my mom didnt ever get to see my writing but i know she would of been cool with reading it and a pretty hard critiquer. hooray for moms!
...hugs from lenny

Bish Denham said...

Nice. My Mom encouraged my writing as well, and I will always be thankful to her for that. This day or any day.

The Golden Eagle said...

Excellent post. :)

I'm thankful for being able to write today!

Brian said...

Very cool! I'm thankful to everyone who rescued me!

Lynda R Young said...

What a wonderful tribute to your mum. My mum is a great support as well and I'm deeply grateful to her for everything she has done.

Old Kitty said...

Awwww I do like this pic of you and your sisters and mum!! Lovely, lovely, lovely!!!!!!!

This particular Thursday, I am grateful for tea and honey and plentiful supply of painkillers! Darn this cold! Oh and my hot water bottle! LOL! take care
x

Katy said...

Aw, your mom sounds wonderful! And lucky you to have a fast, honest critiquer right in your family! Great post. :)

Devin Bond said...

It's great that you and your mom have such a close connection. I'm thankful for my cousin/best friend :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Now that's a sweet sentiment that you selected your mom!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

What a lovely tribue to your Mom, Susan! I know one of your sisters and your mom raised some great kids. :)

Who am I thankful for? I'm really thankful for you, the WAD and my blog friends...I would be lost without them. :)

Alison Miller said...

I don't know what I'd do without my mom either. You are blessed. Thanks for sharing - this was very sweet.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

so nice! what a great shot of all of you! It's so important to take the time and be thankful. Awesome.

Madeleine said...

Awh bless, that is so lovely :O)

Jackee said...

So sweet! Mothers do it all, don't they? Cheering included. Thanks for sharing, my friend!

Michelle Merrill said...

What a great mom! Thanks for sharing this with us. I'm thankful for my mom too...and all of my awesome friends who take care of me since my mom lives so far away :)

DEZMOND said...

what a cool bunch of ladies in that picture :)

Jo Schaffer said...

This is so sweet. And it is SO positive and healthy to have and express gratitude. Get ready for some good karma coming your way. (=

The Happy Whisk said...

Great picture. Have a yummy weekend.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Your mom sounds wonderful. My mom's eyes glaze over if I even utter the word writing or book. :P

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Great tribute to your mom. My Mama passed away over a decade ago, well before I made the decision to focus on my writing. I think she'd get a kick out of it all, though. She was very supportive of me, as well. I miss her! You're lucky to have your mom with you. :)

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Oh--sorry, I got carried away by your post. Thanks for visiting my blog and following. I'm following you back!

Julie Musil said...

What a sweet tribute to your mom. That type of relationship is priceless.

I'm thankful for my husband. He's kind, supportive, and he's made me a better person.

Patti Lacy said...

What a LOVELY post!!! You are one peachy daughter. And all of y'all are gorgeous!!

Ahhh, what a nice visit here tonight!!

Tracy said...

Susan,,
I love the photo of all of you but I truly enjoyed your writing. What a lovely tribute to your mother and how fortuante you are to have someone like that in your life! I mean that sincerely!
I'm thankful for my husband...he took a cynical, angry, self-destructive young woman and with love, encouragement and support he transformed me into what I am today. While I don't give him total credit, it was him who saw the diamond in the rough and didn't back down from all the attempts and desires to thwart him.

thanks Susan!

Michael Offutt said...

Charlie Sheen meme's are the best. However, this is a great tribute to your mom. kudos.

miss mooty said...

What a lovely tribute to your mom. Encouragement and honest feedback helps us along as we pursue our dreams!
Hippocrates (460-400 B.C.) wrote:
"Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgement difficult."

Medeia Sharif said...

This was beautiful. :)

I'm thankful for my crit group. They're honest and supportive.

Deniz Bevan said...

Such a lovely post Susan. I'm thankful for... let's see... that my family are supportive of my writing!

Regina said...

She sounds absolutely amazing. I am so happy that you shared her with us. What a great picture of you and your family. Sweet!

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Mothers are wonderful creatures. What a refreshingly positive meme this is. :)

Amy

Dawn Simon said...

Beautiful post and family! Your mom sounds incredible, and I'm happy you have her.

I, too, have lots of great supporters. :) I'm thankful for my mom and dad. They have always been there for me, backing me, cheering me on, and loving me. They're my heroes.