1. Every time I pull out of her driveway, she's in the window to wave goodbye.
2. My mother cooks nearly everything from scratch, which accidentally makes me a little bit of a snob. Blame her.
3. My mom worked when I was a little girl (and a big girl). I so looked forward to when she would pick me up...and the Juicy Fruit that always seemed to be in her car.
4. Her airy, floral perfume smells like the best spring day, and I can smell it on my baby's head after she's cuddled him.
5. She gives me lots of gifts, and 20% of them are plants.
6. My mother is one of the most quietly spiritual people you will ever meet.
7. She is one tough broad.
8. Stevie Nicks might be jealous of my Mom's wardrobe.
9. Up until I was a teenager, I would play with my Mom's hair while we'd watch TV at night, and there were no limits. There may or may not be photographic evidence of a mohawk made of tiny ponytails.
10. My Mom is a culinary shaman: She has taught me about many of my family members and ethnicities through cooking. She is a Shamom. A Moman. She cooks good.
11. We went to many musicals as a family, but sometimes it was just her and me. When it was, there was a cool restaurant and a virgin drink involved.
12. I ordered ChangesBowie as a part of my BMG subscription (be jealous) as a kid. The night it arrived, me and Mom had a dance party in the living room for no less than 2 hours.
13. Every time we left for vacation, she handed me a bag full of goodies: books, games, other things to prevent me from asking, "Are we there yet?" And, that was before Pinterest.
14. As a little-little girl, the occasional Mom-daughter bubble baths could make my week.
15. She created such an intensely warm feeling around Christmas you could practically touch it. It smelled like spice candles and chocolate cookies. There was an incredible amount of ritual around putting up the tree, baking and present-wrapping. Only now, as an adult and Mom, do I realize how intentional all those things were.
16. She is completely hilarious and goofy and responsible for some of the best one-liners my family has to offer.
17. She's a MILF.
18. She does yoga. A lot of yoga.
19. Quite literally, she is the most patient person I have ever met.
20. She married a rock star. She's that cool.
21. She crocheted me a scarf that took 2-3 years to complete and is capable of stretching from the United States to New Zealand.
22. I can tell her anything. I mean anything. I mean she probably wishes she could un-hear some of the things I've told her because I know that I can tell her anything.
23. Me: "Why are your mashed potatoes creamier than mine?"
Mom: "You need more milk."
I love that.
24. Her raunchy sense of humor.
25. When I watch her with my son, it's like watching her with me, which makes me know that I'm the luckiest daughter on the planet.