You can’t spell mom without M-O. Mo has been an incredible mother to our kid. She makes sleep deprivation, busy schedules, and responsibility look effortless and glamorous. She is the epitome of what a good mother is. However, I never want the title of mom to be the only thing that defines her. Before having a kid, Monike graduated from The Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University with honors. After that, she worked in esoteric policy worlds that I can barely comprehend. Before that, she was a world traveler, lover of food, and reality television enthusiast. In our first conversation we discussed European trips, La Liga soccer, and sweet tea.
Needless to say, she is a powerful woman with many interests. Unfortunately, it is easy to momentarily take for granted how amazing the woman behind the miracle is. Conversations about Baroque architecture in Prague can get put on hold to discuss ear infections. Planned trips to Paris can be delayed until first steps are taken. These detours are beautiful, but only if you never lose sight of the incredible person you have by your side.
I never want to forget who Mo was before she became a mother. She was my friend, love, and date to watch bad movies. Motherhood is wonderful, but my Mother’s Day gift to Mo is to remember the other amalgam of things that make her such a wonderful human. I hope that we can do this for all of the mothers in our life. They are more than sources of milk, night nurses, and disciplanarians. They are astute business people, comedians, friends, thought leaders, matriarchs, and much more. For that reason, I endeavor to spend this day, and every day, acknowledging those truths.
Boyz II Men’s “A Song For Mama” perfectly articulates how these women make me feel. “Mama! Mama, you know I love you. Mama! Mama, you’re the queen of my heart. Your love is like tears from the stars. Mama, I just want you to know: loving you is like food to my soul.” I’m grateful that Mo is able to be these things for Emma. I’m equally as grateful that she’s able to provide these things to me, as well. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms of the world. I hope that you get to spend the day with loved ones who see all that makes you incredible. They’re a gift to all of us.