Monday, May 24, 2010

All my Mamas

Hold up!  Hold up!  You thought I only had ONE mom?  No sir.  I have special circumstances.  Special cases (yours truly) require special attention.  In the plotting and scheming of things I think the Almighty knew that my mom would need extra help with me as I am particularly of a dramatic nature...well...I was.
I have so many women that have played such an amazing roll in my life but the ones who have always been there and who have picked up the pieces time and time again are the women that I like to consider the "A Team" b/c there is not "A" single time/situation/circumstance/trial they haven't been able to pick me up and send me on my way with a smile on my face.  Whether it's a batch of Shanna's famous chocolate chip cookies, a sleepover/study session at ML's, a trip down memory lane with Gram, or a shoulder to cry on at home.....or (and may we never......NEVER forget) whether it's a GOOD (hearty) laugh at the "Campbell Way."  Oprah was a genius when she said "Biology is the least of makes someone a mother."  I have been (to say the least) blessed with at least 4 mothers in my life who have picked me up out of the depths of despair, who I have traveled to the ends of the earth with....well, Europe does seem like the end of the earth when you're a teenager....who have stood by me thru my {VERY} awkward stages, lime lights, triumphs, failures, more failures, good, bad and super ugly times....b/c (as they say) that's just what family does.  Somebody really knew what he was doing.  I know that all of us have amazing mother figures in our lives...I just think they go over looked every once in a while and we need to give them their props more often.
Dear Gram, Mom, ML, & Shan,
What can I say that hasn't already been said and that isn't cliche and annoying?  All I can say is, that as I look back on my existence there isn't a memory that doesn't involve you or your influence.  I've stumbled and fallen, but have been picked up, dusted off and set straight all by you.  We've laughed and cried and yelled and laughed and traveled and I've had the time of my life and I feel like I have it made in the shade....I love you all so much.