Today I wanted to write a very brief post (as it is the day before Mother’s Day!) explaining briefly why I have my mom to thank for being a writer.
This won’t be a gushy post full of sentiment, as I’m incapable of such a thing, but it definitely includes some logical reasons why I probably wouldn’t have ended up writing (or at least not as much!) without my mom.
- She homeschooled me.
- This is probably the biggest one, because if I hadn’t been homeschooled, I wouldn’t have had the time I had to write.
- She encouraged me to write both poetry and prose on the regular.
- It was both a part of school and leisure time for me.
- She read to me constantly growing up and supplied me with lots of good books to read myself.
- Reading is the #1 way to improve your writing, and it has so many other benefits.
- She encouraged me to play, provided lots of different toys, and kept me from watching too much TV.
- This was where I started making up stories – playing with my little brother and our various figurines and play structures.
- She also gave me access to tons of good movies and TV shows.
- Though I don’t think always being inside watching TV is the best activity for a growing kid, we did watch lots of awesome movies and TV shows. A lot of them really inspired me!
- She didn’t just give me modern things.
- We watched and read the classics. And listened to them. And learned them. Music, TV, movies, books … you name it, we had something older than whatever you were raised on. This was a huge blessing!
- She taught me a lot of history. And I mean a lot.
- I am honestly shocked how little sunk in during my friends’ history lessons. Like, were y’all even paying attention? Or did you just not do history in school? *raises eyebrows* My mom made our history memorable enough that it stuck with me.
- She wasn’t one to encourage immaturity.
- I’m sorry, but half of the world is so immature, and it drives me nuts. As a kid, I felt like I was treated as an adult. Though that probably wasn’t all on my mom (probably as much on my big siblings!), she did expect me to obey (even though I never did *coughs*), and that pushed me to be a grownup.
- She didn’t often allow me to waste my time on stupid things.
- Yeah, once or twice, but for the most part, we didn’t waste time.
- She made me memorize poems and Bible verses.
- I still hold the memorization is super good for the brain.
- She’s edited most of my books.
- Including many drafts of The Dressmaker’s Secret!
- She’s just a really good mom.
- Good moms hold this world together!
What about you? What did your mom encourage you to pursue?
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