Here's the thing about my Mum - I never felt like I was going to disappoint her.
She rarely went to parent teacher interviews because she didn't need to be told we were excellent at spelling or awful at math. She knew because we told her.
We grew up with essentially one expectation - that we value the people parts of our lives above anything else in this large and often ridiculous world. As a result, my definition of family is expansive and our numbers continue to grow with chance encounters and time spent around camp fires. About 3 hours after I met my husband, my Mum told me we might as well elope.
About three years and some change later, on Mother's Day in 2008, we called to say we were getting married. She embroidered all of the hand written notes from our wedding guests - including a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mask and a wine stain - onto a quilt. Yep, you read that right - embroidered.
My childhood is full of library trips, abstract newsprint paintings and garter snake wrangling. Boredom was not an option. Swap photography for painting and garter snakes for puppies and my adult life is much the same. Mum, Moms, Ann, you are truly amazing and everyone who meets you is the better for it. Happy Mum's Day!