68 – You’re not technically my mom

Hey, Mama, this is Mama’s Daily Dose. I’m Meghan Q Barrett of allyoumama.com. Mama’s Daily Dose is… you’re not technically my mom. Let’s get moving, before we get interrupted. 

I was driving the other day. And all of a sudden, this woman, Mrs. Mangiardi came into my mind. And I don’t really know what prompted it. But it just brought up all these memories that she was really a mother figure to me. I’ve had quite a few mother figures in my life that have really helped me out. And she is definitely one at the top of the list there. She was the librarian at my high school, and she just really knew how to play this line of kind of being your friend, but also a mother and providing all this motherly advice, as well as just being able to listen without judgment. Because, you know, when you’re a teenager, you feel like you’re constantly being judged by your parents, and it’s a lot more difficult to talk to them. And Mrs. Mangiardi was just kind of the woman that was like, you know, hey, if you get stuck in a situation, and you need me to come pick you up, no matter what time it is, in the middle of the night, here’s my phone number, call me and I will come get you. No questions asked. So you know, she provided that, safe space that a lot of teenagers needed. And she wasn’t just this figure for me, she was this figure for I’m legit hundreds of kids throughout the years. And the fact that she could provide that to so many people was amazing. And I just remember sitting down with her and really contemplating where I wanted to go to college, because that was such a big thing for me. And she didn’t provide answers for me. She was a person that asked more questions. And I think that’s what we need to do. For everyone, like I said yesterday is you’re the one that has the answers for you. And you need to ask yourself these questions. Someone isn’t going to give you all the answers you need for life. So how we can help other people? How we can help our kids and other kids that we may be mother figures to? Just to ask questions, and to help them figure that out. And that is really what she provided for me. And she passed away a few years ago, and I know that it was a huge hit to our community, to her family and her family at large. She made a huge difference in my life. And she makes me want to be that mother figure to other kids too. And adults as well that, you know, I’m not technically their mom, but I can be somebody that they can trust in, they can look up to, and if they just need someone to listen, I can be there for them too. 

Hey, Mama, have a great Wednesday. And if you’ve had this mother figure in your life, make sure you say thank you because people don’t hear thank you enough and just let them know how they impacted your life. And think about how you can be not technically someone’s mom to someone else. And have a great day free of mama guilt because you deserve it.

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