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And the award goes to….Debbie Comeaux! I just want to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude for having such an incredible mother. My mom is always there for me, no matter what. She is funny, sincere, loving, intelligent, and compassionate. She is the type of mother I hope to be someday and the type that I wish more people were fortunate enough to have. She is one of a kind and she inspires me every day.

My mother is a woman who knows how to live deliberately. She sets good goals (she wants to read more), gets things done (she built a wooden kayak this summer), and she is always up for a challenge (she signed up for 2 races with me this fall). She is adventurous and has never let age or gender stand in her way. She does what she believes to be right so gracefully that she rarely even has to step on toes or ruffle feathers – people just naturally assume that she has things under control. And amazingly enough, she almost always does. She has made and held onto some incredible friends, and she is always making more – genuinely appreciative of peoples’ unique stories and paths.

My mom has done a great job of raising me. She filled so many roles, including mother, father, teacher, mentor, friend, therapist, and disciplinarian. Some might argue that I made it easy for her, that the disciplinarian role was hardly necessary, but I give her credit for that too. From a young age my mother taught me about patience, honesty, and the importance of doing the right thing. She told me I was beautiful, strong, smart, and capable every single day, and she still does. And the most incredible thing is that I believed her. With her support I have always felt like I could do anything I set my mind to. I want to share something that my mom typed up for me when I was a little kid and would read to me every night before I went to sleep. She called it “Affirmations For Rochelle” and it goes like this:

“It’s okay to be angry. It’s okay to have feelings. It’s okay to say no. I like it that you can say no and have a mind of your own. It’s okay to explore, to be curious. It’s okay to touch and taste and smell and look. It’s okay to do things by yourself. I’ll be nearby. I won’t leave you if you do it your way. It’s okay to do things your way. I will help teach you to be safe and careful. I don’t want you to get hurt. You can be angry at me and I’ll still be here and I’ll still love you. I’m so glad to see you growing up and exploring and having this energy of wanting to live your own life. I’ll still hug and kiss you if you are mad. I’ll never say I won’t be your best friend. It’s okay to make a mistake. I will always respect your effort. I will always love you!”

This is my favorite piece of writing I have ever read. Better than the classics in my opinion. It contains so much goodness. We would also recite a rhyme together every night. Back and forth we would say, “Good night, sleep tight, wake up bright, in the morning light, do what’s right, with all your might, good night.” Just imagine if everyone woke up every day determined to do what was right with all of their might! This is how I want to live. I want to make my mom proud and I want her to know how much her wisdom is appreciated. So mom, thank you. You really do deserve an award. I love you.

And guess what else, my mom practically IS one of my lists! I always have a running “Mom” list that usually includes a bunch of little projects that I ask her to help me with when she visits me. There are so many practical reasons why my mom is the best that I can’t even fit into this blog, so you’ll just have to trust me. Here is what her list looks like right now…I’ll bet she’s excited to see it!

Fall decorations
Fix printer
Fix windshield wipers
Take home boxes
Fix bike rack
Send in sunglasses
TV sound
Connect laptop to TV




About Me

- 26 years old
- Pacific Northwest
- Educator, adventurer, friend

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