Mother’s Day is just around the corner and SFGate wants to honor those women (moms, aunts, nannies, grandmothers, any mother figure) who have made a difference in your life. We’re asking readers to email a special photo of their mother along with a 100-word tribute to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 8. Please include “Mother’s Day Tribute” in the subject line.
We received our first tribute yesterday (read below). Hopefully, Addie Bjornsen’s story about her son’s nanny who became much more than a caregiver will inspire others to send one in. Let’s celebrate those women who are providing us with support and encouragement!
My mother passed away in 2007. In July of 2011, my son Oliver was born and it would’ve meant the world to her to have a grandchild.
When I went back to work after maternity leave, we started looking for childcare at the very last minute. My husband is Chinese and I am of Danish/German descent, and we wanted to find a daycare in which Mandarin was spoken. We ended up finding the most wonderful woman in the North Beach area who loves our son as though he’s her own.
They go to the park, and she takes him to story time at the library every Thursday. He has a very great life at her home daycare. She is very limited in her English speaking, but we’ve been able to make things work. She’s absolutely wonderful.
The day after Christmas 2012, my husband decided he didn’t want to be married anymore. Of course this was life-shattering and I could barely hold it together, let alone be a good mom to my son who was 17 months old at the time. I told the babysitter what was going on and she is probably the only reason I was able to pull it together and make it through the first weekend. We went shopping together, she had me to her house for dinners and lunches, we went to Bay Area Discovery Museum.
She is constantly checking on me to make sure I am happy and will say the sweetest things in the English she can speak like, “Weekends, Mommy shopping, Mommy trips, Mommy friends, no thinking. Hold the Oliver. Play the Oliver. No thinking.” And you know what? I understand completely. Stay busy and don’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself. She takes care of me now. If I’m sick, she’s there to help me with my son. She cooks up concoctions of Chinese medicine for me.
We spend time together as friends now, not just as her as the babysitter. I genuinely love her and she is my mother figure.
In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re hoping to hear about those mother figures who touched your life in some special way. Please send in a photo of your mother (or grandmother or aunt or any mother figure who made a difference in your life) along with a 100-word tribute and we will consider sharing your contribution on SFGate. Send tributes to email@example.com by May 8. Please include “Mother’s Day Tribute” in your email subject line.