I Got It From My Mama

May 11, 2018

 

 

 

In the Chrome City office, our moms are brought up in conversation at least three times a day. Sharing funny stories involving her, mentioning her in our upcoming weekend plans, or crediting her with the solution to our live's problems, the #ChromeCrew never misses an opportunity to give her a mention. As Mother's Day approaches, we knew a blog post for our moms was necessary. 

 

Alex Ott

What's one of your favorite memories you have with your mom?

I love going on vacations with my mom. We have been on cruises, gone to Hawaii, Mexico and spent so much time chatting and catching up.

 

What's one experience you look forward to sharing with your mom?

I look forward to being able to take really good care of my mom when I make more money. I want to travel abroad with her just us soon.

 

What's one motherly quality you learned from your mom that you hope to have when you have your own children?

Unconditional love. Openness to be whoever I want to be. She truly gets so much joy from just being a mom which I hope to emulate.

 

What's one thing you've never told your mom that you want her know?

I love her rebel heart and no-fucks-given attitude

 

What has been one of the most rewarding things about being a mom that you didn't expect?

You get a best friend that you get to share the world with. I love that I get re-learn life through his eyes.

 

What was some of the best advice you received when you became a mom?

Trust your gut. You know your kid better than anyone else.

 

 

Anthony Ott

What's one of your favorite memories you have with your mom?

When my sister was getting ready to go to college in Los Angeles, my mom and I decided to move to a new home for the 2 of us. The process of looking for a place together was something I never thought would have such a strong impact, but it did. We knew we were getting ready to turn the page into a new life (even if was for just 2 years) and we were excited about that. We were always very close, but experiencing that, bouncing ideas of what we wanted in OUR home was really fun. Definitely a moment I will cherish, but not because of what the moment was, but more of how that moment was a turning point for what the next years of experiences would bring!

 

What's one experience you look forward to sharing with your mom?

This sounds cliché, but I’ve always wanted to by my mom a car. A Jaguar convertible. Or Maybe buy bth of us Harley Davidson’s. I always joke around about how I will do it one day, but I’m as serious as a heart attack, I will show up at her door one day with a set of keys in my hand!

 

 

What's one motherly quality you learned from your mom that you hope to have when you have your own children?

Having all the answers hahaha. She always knew the right thing to do and I think that stemmed from her trusting her instincts. So I would have to say trusting my gut. I learned from the best, I’m sure I’ll do just fine as a parent.

 

What's one thing you've never told your mom that you want her know?

This is a tough one. Honestly, she is the best mom I have ever seen (I’m not just saying that). She is probably the most selfless person I have ever met. I tell her those things, but if there was a way to show her that I truly do believe that would be amazing.

Also… that alcohol that one day miraculously froze… yea… I may or may not have drank it and put water in it. Who would have thought water can freeze?!

 

Allison Wessel

What's one of your favorite memories you have with your mom?

Out of the countless memories I have with my mom, one that stands out is when we were on vacation in NYC for Spring Break. Having three younger siblings means I don’t usually get my mom all to myself that often (other than when I was like 2 years old), but when we were in NYC, we split off from my dad and sister and found a cute restaurant patio across from Rockefeller Plaza. We just drank wine, ordered a fancy cheese board, talked and people watched. We keep overhearing this man next to us talking about his messy divorce to (who we assumed was) his mistress and how his therapist was the only person he trusted, and in that moment we realized how completely un-New York we both were. It was a rare time that it was just the two of us hanging out, so it really sticks out in my mind.

 

What's one experience you look forward to sharing with your mom?

I hate to be cliché, but one of the experiences I’m looking forward to sharing with my mom is when I can repay my mom for all of our family vacations around the country and take her on a nice vacation for once. I always joke about doing it “when I get rich,” but even some small trip where it’s just us and nothing (in her case no one) else to worry about will be really special.

 

What's one motherly quality you learned from your mom that you hope to have when you have your own children?

I've learned so much from my mom -- I’m not sure how to translate everything into a single “motherly” quality, but the first thing that comes to mind is her patience. Between raising 4 kids and dealing with 25+ kids in a classroom every day, I don't know how she can stay calm and collected (and not lose her mind). She's such a strong, yet patient person and I tend to be a little too strong-willed. I hope I can learn to have her level of patience when I have my own children

 

What's one thing you've never told your mom that you want her know?

 

I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I talk to my mom a lot (like almost every day) about everything from big updates in my life to what happened on the last episode our favorite TV show. But one thing I don’t often express is how grateful I am for everything she does for me. Somehow she is always able to balance her time and energy between 4 kids and give me the advice I need to hear. I truly don't know how she does it all sometimes.

 

Bailey McGuire

 What's one of your favorite memories you have with your mom?

I have a ton of amazing memories with my mom that it is so hard to think of just one! As a kid, I did competitive cheerleading and there was a competition in Florida every year. Year after year my mom would go to Florida with me and we always had an amazing time. When I think back to my childhood these were some of the best times I had with my mom. In recent years, I have had some fun times with my mom. We went to Coachella last year as a family and I had so much fun with my parents. Bringing my mom to my favorite bands and introducing her to different artists was a lot of fun and it was a great bonding moment.

 

What's one experience you look forward to sharing with your mom?

One experience I look forward to sharing with my mom is celebrating her 50th birthday coming up in October. She is planning a trip for the whole family to celebrate and I am really looking forward to it.

 

What's one motherly quality you learned from your mom that you hope to have when you have your own children?

I have learned so many things from my mom about being a good parent but one of the main things that my mom has always engrained in me is that you have to let your kids be their own person. She never questioned any decision I made for myself and she always let me try different things without hesitation. I have always felt that I was able to discover what I liked and disliked based on my own decisions and I definitely want that for my future children.

 

What's one thing you've never told your mom that you want her know?

I want my mom to know that admire her for who she is 365 days a year! I have probably mentioned this to her before but I definitely don't say it enough. She's extremely strong and does whatever she needs to do for her family and I admire the immense amount of love she is able to give. I am proud to be her daughter! Love you mom lol

 

Kylie Rosenbloom

 What's one of your favorite memories you have with your mom?

I have so many, but one of my favorite memories is when my mom drove from her hotel in a full on matching pajama set to a bar to hand deliver me my ID so I could get into a bar on my first night of college (the bar was 18+). It drew a lot of attention and embarrassed me deeply and I love her for it.

 

What's one experience you look forward to sharing with your mom?

I look forward to sharing every experience with my mom, and I mean every. Life experiences like moving into my first apartment, finding my favorite record for 95 cents, or even how had THE BEST indian food the other day. My mom definitely is sick of me by now.

 

What's one motherly quality you learned from your mom that you hope to have when you have your own children?

Trust. My mom has always trusted me, and in return I have never given her a reason not to. As a result of this level of trust, I strongly believe I was the world's best teenager and I hope my children follow in my footsteps.

 

What's one thing you've never told your mom that you want her know?

That I think she is the coolest person in the world I am always in awe of her. Having 4 children, dealing with her needy children who call her every minute of every day, having a full career before I was born then going back to school and starting a completely new career path 18 years later and absolutely killing it, and so much more. She's also way cooler and more funny than me, which is what my friends say every time they are around her. She's just awesome and she should know that.

 

Hannah Parker

What's one of your favorite memories you have with your mom?

My favorite memory with my mom is going to the Japanese Matsuri Festival together every year. It's been a tradition of ours since I was young, but now that I've moved to Chicago, and it's not as easy to go, it means more.

 

What's one experience you look forward to sharing with your mom?

I can't wait for the day that I can visit Japan with my mom. She hasn't been back since she was in her 20s and it's been a dream of hers ever since I can remember. Life just keeps getting in the way.

 

What's one motherly quality you learned from your mom that you hope to have when you have your own children?

Trust. My mom has full faith in me, no matter what I choose to do. She never dictates my choices, just supports them. I plan to do the same with my kids one day.

 

What's one thing you've never told your mom that you want her know?

You are my best friend.

 

Caitlyn Bilow

What's one of your favorite memories you have with your mom?

In one regard, some of my favorite memories have been on all of our travels. My mom is the best vacation planner- she always books the coolest activities for us to do. On another hand, I love the everyday moments like when she makes tea and we watch HGTV.

 

What's one experience you look forward to sharing with your mom?

My mom and I have talked about walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain and France ever since we saw the movie, "The Way" haha. I hope we get to do it within the next couple of years!

 

What's one motherly quality you learned from your mom that you hope to have when you have your own children?

Selflessness. My mom worked more than full time while raising 4 kids and would always put her own priorities on the back burner to back sure we had everything we needed. I will never forget all the times she drove me to back to my jr. high when I forgot my homework in my locker or the numerous times she has driven hours to Chicago to bring me stuff I forgot at home.

 

What's one thing you've never told your mom that you want her know?

My mom is my best friend and the most beautiful person inside and out!

 

Manuela Vargas

 What's one of your favorite memories you have with your mom?

One of my favorite memory that I have with my mom is that when I was going to come here to the US, we went on trip together to the beach and we spend my last week in Colombia just the two of us. It was the best!!

 

What's one experience you look forward to sharing with your mom?

I think that the experience that I want to share with my mom is to travel together to Europe and try different desserts around Europe because that is our favorite hobby, trying new desserts.

 

What's one motherly quality you learned from your mom that you hope to have when you have your own children?

I think is that you need to be cordial with everyone, no matter what. Because you never know, maybe someday I will need help from that person.

 

What's one thing you've never told your mom that you want her know?

That I am really thankful for all the things and sacrifices she has done for me

 

Kate Morrison 

What's one of your favorite memories you have with your mom?

One of my favorite memories I have with my mom is helping her cook in the kitchen growing up. She's the best cook I know so it was really fun to learn from her growing up.

 

What's one experience you look forward to sharing with your mom?

An experience I look forward to sharing with my mom is for her to come to a holiday dinner at my house where she finally doesn't have to cook everything for once. I think it will be a showcase of the talents she has taught me, along with a a turn in time where its me and my sister's turn to host the holidays.

 

What's one motherly quality you learned from your mom that you hope to have when you have your own children?

The motherly quality my mom has taught me is honesty. She is such an honest person in every aspect of her life (maybe too honest sometimes) but if she wasn't there to put me in line who would? Honesty is the best policy after all.

 

What's one thing you've never told your mom that you want her know?

Hmm.. this is a hard one. I think I've told her this, but maybe she hasn't heard it enough. I wouldn't be the woman I am without you and I am inspired by your persistence and hard work - it does not go unnoticed! I love you!

 

 

 

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