“I didn’t raise a dummy…”

So…you have not heard from me in quite a while…There are reasons, and maybe some day I will write about them, but for now, I am going to attempt to continue the posts on a more regular basis. With that being said, let’s begin with a new story…

I am at a time in my life where I find I want to “downsize.” For the last few months, I have been going through boxes that have been “stored,” and not been opened in over 10 years. You just have to wonder…WHY did I save that “stuff,” if I was going to keep it in a box for that length of time? And if I had not used it, or missed it, in over ten years, I surely don’t think I needed it NOW!! It had just gotten ridiculous!!

While going through some of the “memorabilia,” I discovered a little red New Testament Bible that my Grandmother had given me when I was just a small girl. I had forgotten that she gave me the little Bible, and also that I had saved it. The minute I touched the cover, all the memories came rushing back…when she gave it to me, and what she whispered to me as she held me in her lap. It is certainly one of the items that I will be keeping for the rest of my life. However, as I was looking through the old and worn pages, a note fell out. The note was from my sweet Mama, and here is what it said…

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When I first started speaking to various groups/companies/associations across the country, Mother always said, “I would love to hear you speak.” I was usually in some part of the United States, far away from where she lived.  But on one occasion, I was going to be nearby, so I asked if she would like to attend the conference to hear me “do my thing.” She was so excited! The day arrived and she rode with me to the conference. I got her a good seat so she could see her daughter “in action.” Conference representatives made the necessary announcements, introduced me as the speaker, and I began my presentation. Every time I looked at her face, she was grinning from ear to ear, and watching the people around her, listening to me. She wrote this note during the presentation, and gave it to me before she left to go home…a note that I will also keep for the rest of my life… Later in life, as Alzheimer’s devoured her mind and body, she would continue to ask me about my presentations, and if “they” liked me. And, as always, upon my affirmative answer, she would say with such pride…”that’s MY baby…”

I know children (both young and adult) who have never known that their Mom or Dad were proud of them. I cannot even begin to imagine what that must feel like, for all I have ever known is that unconditional love and support. I KNEW that my parents believed in me and thought I could do anything! And that belief became reality! I really DO believe I can do anything…even now, after all of these years! Parents, do you constantly berate a child (whether young or adult), and bring failures (whether real or imagined) to their attention? Do you make them feel as if they are NEVER “good enough?” Have you told your children how proud you are of them? Have you shared with them the joy they bring to your lives? Have you told them how much you love them, and believe in them? If not, why not take the time to do so today? It would be so wonderful for them to know they are valued and loved…Won’t you join me? Just for this week….

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4 thoughts on ““I didn’t raise a dummy…”

  1. D. Ygama says:

    Love this…you are one very blessed lady because a lot of parents just go on day to day and take for granted that perhaps one day they will say it and hopefully that day will come. But unfortunately a lot of parents just assume you already know. but we do long for the words to hear. I for one never got to hear those words but I did win a singing contest in a friends home at 8 years old and my Mom was there all clapped and screamed yay. So i guess I received my note that day. Thanks for sharing it brightening our day! A girl we all know for sure that “you ain’t no dummy’! lol

  2. Cat Selman says:

    Yep, I know how blessed I was, and am!!! SO glad your Mom got to hear you sing…a memory for a lifetime…And I am certain she is smiling at her daughter today, and being REALLY proud!! Love you!

  3. Gayla Gibbs says:

    I have been blessed beyond measure. My Parents were my greatest supporters. So thankful for all their words of wisdom to me but mainly the unconditional love they showed me everyday. Not sure where I would be today without their influence, Glad to have you back Cat !!! Looking forward to the next installments. Love you !!!

    • Cat Selman says:

      You and I are just “two peas in a pod,” and always have been! I KNOW how proud your parents were of you…and they showed it in every way possible. Love you! (And still so happy we got to get together recently! Ready for the next time…)

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