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There is nothing like going home, pulling up into the driveway and walking to the front door. That sigh of relief and a feeling of contentment washing over you. I don’t live at my childhood home anymore but every time I come visit, I get that same nostalgic feeling. I am home. A flood of memories washes over me as my Mom and Dad open the door.
I’ve been reflecting a lot lately: thinking about where I’m going and also where I’ve been. Thinking about all the moments that make up a life: the seemingly insignificant to the large and important. I’ve been thinking about how important it is to say yes to the moments in your life, to seize opportunities for experiences and also for those moments you get to show true appreciation to the people you love.
Recently I said yes to a special moment with my Mom.
My Mom retired about a year before I left for college so when I was still living at home, we would get some time together during the day just us gals while my Dad and brother were out of the house. I would come home from a class and make lunch: a plate for me, a plate for her. We would sit and talk, me about things going on in my life and her about things from her past, giving me the gift of her memories and the wisdom of her experiences.
So while I was visiting, I decided to make her a bowl of soup, reminiscent of those days I would make her something and we would talk over a meal. It is the way I care for someone who has always cared for me so much.
There’s something really comforting about a warm bowl of soup, it fills you with that same feeling of contentment as home–warm, familiar, satisfying. It feels like a hug. We use soup when we’re sick to help us feel better, we use soup when it’s cold out to warm our bodies, we use soup when we need to warm our souls.
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I made her a bowl of Chicken Noodle soup, a favorite, and something I can feel good about giving her because it’s made with purposeful ingredients. Well Yes! helps women say yes to deliciously crafted food so she has what she needs to say yes in the rest of her life.
We sat, talked, laughed. She showed me quilts she was working on, I talked to her about work and hockey, while our spoons scraped our bowls clean. We talked about little things and big things, those yes moments in our lives.
The ironic part is that the most important yes moment of my life was one where someone else said yes. It wasn’t a choice I made but frankly, I couldn’t have chosen better.
People always ask me, “Have you ever met your real Mom?” I smile. I think of a woman with blue eyes that are kind and gentle, who has the quirkiest sense of humor and the kindest heart I have ever known.
I say, “Yes, of course.”
It isn’t the answer they expect.
I was adopted and came home to live with my parents when I was three months old so when people ask, I know they’re really asking about my biological mother, the woman that gave birth to me.
But when people ask me about my real Mom–I can’t answer anything but a resounding yes when they ask if I know her. Of course I know her. My definition of “real” is just a little different than most people expect.
On one hand, there was a woman who decided to give me up and on the other, there is the woman who refuses to let me go. My definition of a real Mom is pretty simple: not the woman who gave birth to me but the woman who gave me a life. Biology is the least of what makes a mother. That comes sometime between bandaids on scraped knees and kisses goodnight, unwavering belief and unconditional love.
So it’s my pleasure to say “yes” to them.
It’s also my pleasure to say yes to special moments with my Mom.
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