What I Wish My Mother Knew

Happy Friday! Today we have a very special post for you. In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, we decided to ask one of our favorite new bloggers to take over for the day to chat all about moms. Jillian is known for her witty insight over on her blog, The October Theory. She writes all about life as a twenty-something gal and her blog explores this journey we’re all on as we grow up and navigate the world as “adults.” Pretty awesome stuff if you ask us! 
We’re so happy Jillian is here to show off her stellar writing skills to celebrate some of the most amazing women in all of our lives…our mothers. So take it away Jillian!

Keep Calm and Carry On. Keep Calm and Drink Coffee. Keep Calm and Buy Shoes. We have all seen the infamous phrase flood the pages of Pinterest and the shelves of HomeGoods. However, there is one phrase in particular that is my favorite and find myself relating to the most: Keep Calm and Call Mom.

Good, bad, happy, or sad I am calling my mother to share the news. She’s the first one I call when something big happens and you know she’s the first one I call when I’m on the verge of tears. I’m almost positive she grabs a Diet Coke and makes herself comfortable when she sees my cell phone number appear on the caller ID. It’s like she knows as soon as she answers I will begin to release weeks of stress onto her. Moms are amazing in that way. They just listen, provide a little feedback and it’s like the world lifts off of your shoulders.

We all associate our mom as our very own superwoman, but we fail to let her know how much she means to us. We fail to tell her what we love about her or open up enough for her to understand what we are truly feeling, whether it be good or bad. In true blogger fashion, I took the initiative to investigate and ask my 20-something friends and family to answer my question, what do you wish your mother knew?

I think it’s safe to say we have some pretty amazing mothers out there.

“I wish my mother knew that I love all of her traits that I’ve inherited and don’t mind hearing, “You’re just like your mother,” and that I can’t wait to be a mother myself and share my childhood memories of my mom with my kids.”
-Sarah, 28


 “That she is the most hard-working, dedicated, loving mother any daughter could dream for.”
-Maggie, 24

“I appreciate your hugs and kisses now, more than ever. As I enter my early 20’s, make sure your hugs and kisses are spontaneous, plentiful, and filled with love!”
William*, 20

“How much I wish we lived closer together so that I could see her more often.”
-Jeremy*, 25

“She probably already knows, but I hope she REALLY knows and understands how much I appreciate the life she has given/provided me. I don’t call or visit as much as I should, but I love her with all my heart and she will always be the #1 woman in my life.”
-Abe*, 24

“I am going to make terrible choices in girlfriends, but they will all eventually lead me to the right one.”
-Rich*, 23

“I am not embarrassed by you. I love you and am proud to call you my mom. You don’t have to try to play it cool in front of my friends.”
-Andrew*, 23

“I may give you smart-ass responses, but your advice still sticks in my head.”
-Connor*, 23

“I may be terrible at calling you when I am in college, or away on road trips, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love or am dying, it means I am extremely distracted.”
-Dan*, 23

“There is nothing better than having some quiet time with you after a long, busy, stressful semester of college. You always know what to say to bring me back to reality and keep me sane.”
-Jake*, 23

“I. Hate. Porkchops.”
-David*, 24

“I wish my mom knew that I often catch myself doing things EXACTLY like she does. In those moments, I stop, smile, and think to myself how proud I am to be just like her.”
-Bridget, 26

“You don’t need to worry about me, I’m doing fine.”
-Patrick*, 24

“You should send me snail mail, I love getting it.”
-Scott*, 24

“I wish you knew how to turn on any electronic without asking me.”
-Sam*, 26

“It’s fun to hang out just us two… without dad.”
-Brian*, 26

“Whenever I get sick regardless of how old I get, first call is to you.”
-Adam*, 24

“No matter what we say or do to each other, she is my mother and we will always have that special bond that makes me want to call her immediately when I feel like sobbing.”
Brigitte, 23

“I truly hope that I look as good as you do when I’m your age!”
-Jennifer*, 22

“Even as an adult, all I want when I’m sick is you there to bring me Sprite (with a straw) and rub my back until I fall asleep.”
-Jessica*, 22
“My fraternity is Phi Psi not Sci-Fi.”
-Joe*, 23

“Every time someone kisses in a movie you don’t have to yell, ‘OOooooOOOoo someone’s getting some sugar!'”
-Kevin*, 24

“8am on a Saturday is not the best time to Facetime me.”
-Nick*, 24

“No matter how old or big I get, when I come home and sit at your kitchen I will be your little boy.”
-Sean, 27

“Nothing reminds me of my childhood like Reba McEntire and Oprah.”
-Jillian, 23


“I start to giggle a lot after just one glass of wine, too.”
-Kathleen*, 23

“I wish my mom knew how wonderful it was to have her come home from a tough job with a smile on her face. She was/is ALWAYS in a good mood. I strive to keep her positive mentality as I end year number 6 of the same job she did for 35 years.”
-Matt, 28

“The Chicago Bears are a football team not a baseball team. The Cubs are a Baseball team not a basketball team. The Bulls are a basketball team not a football team. And the Blackhawks are a hockey team; I am not referencing an Indian tribe.”
-Mike*, 25


“I love her and miss her (she knows that, but felt weird not to end with that)”
-Rob, 24


*Name has been changed.


So what do YOU wish your mother knew?

Thanks to Jillian, we’re going to take the chance this weekend to tell these amazing women in our lives how lucky we are to have them; they just don’t hear it enough! And to all the mothers tuning in… you are amazing. You have the hardest job in the world & somehow you make it look easy. 
Thank YOU for all that you do.

Happy Mother’s Day,
bridget and casey diy playbook

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  • Liane Birk

    That was fun to read. Great job, Jillian. What do I wish my mother knew?
    I wish she knew that even after 31 years, I miss her and long for her guidance. Although I feel cheated that I only had her for 18 years I am grateful for the time we had together and for the things she taught me.

    • We’re so glad Jillian could share her amazing talents on the DIY Playbook!! So fun to read!! And thanks for sharing!

  • Liane Birk

    That was fun to read. Great job, Jillian. What do I wish my mother knew?
    I wish she knew that even after 31 years, I miss her and long for her guidance. Although I feel cheated that I only had her for 18 years I am grateful for the time we had together and for the things she taught me.

  • We’re so glad Jillian could share her amazing talents on the DIY Playbook!! So fun to read!! And thanks for sharing!