Recently, I went to my parents house to grab some things I was storing. While I was there, I had a great idea for a Mother's Day gift, so I started going through old pictures. With ever turn of the page I caught myself saying:
First: "Wow, I was a big baby."
Second: "These picture tell A LOT about who I am."
So here are a few of my favorites with commentary:
1. Camera Happy
This is me: Chubby and Content. From the beginning I loved the camera! Even as a small baby I would pose and smile.... I love(d) the attention!
2. Caught in the act
I was most known for crawling into places I wasn't supposed to be. I would take out all of the pots and pans, jump up on counters, and wiggle my way into the dryer. To this day, I leave all the cupboards open. Some say (my mom) I am unorganized, but I say I am always in the process of reorganizing!
I don't think she buys it.
Like I said before, I was always smiling for the camera. UNLESS I had food. Case in point: Shoving a PB&J in my face. I have always loved food. I grew up with a lot of different styles of food, so I am always open to try anything.
P.S. Isn't my brother adorable in his Ninja Turtles shirt?!
4. Mother Hen
My mom always used to call me "Mother Hen" because I would always try to take care of my brothers.
I always loved baby dolls and taking care of anything.
I've always known that I would be a mom some day and every time someone asked,
"What do you want to be when you grow up?"My response was always having to do with helping people:
Gymnastic/ Dance Teacher
Babysitter (Yes, I thought this was a profession)
And Now my dream is coming true: I'm going to be a REAL grown-up teacher.
5. Dancing Machine
I was in dance classes and gymnastics before I ever touched a soccer ball, and I would like to think that's where I learned my coordination. I loved music and always performed in talent shows (once again, I loved the attention).
When I got my first pair of tap shoes I remember never taking them off. I loved making melodic taps as I walked. Once I even told my mom:
"Mom, I'm going to tap ALL over this town!"
6. I was born a princess.
My mom had these costumes custom made for us. Because of my Middle Eastern background (I'm half Palestinian) I was obsessed with Aladdin. These costumes cost a pretty penny, so I had no choice but to be Jasmine for 3 or 4 years in a row.
These picture made me realize that I am who I have always been (If that makes sense). I grew up with the best example of a strong independent woman that I consider my best friend and inspiration.
As each day passes I can only hope that I become more and more like her.
Do you ever realize this? Tell me your stories!
Love you mom!
P.s. My mom lost the perm YEARS ago, don't worry :)