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A Mothers Impact

Chrystal Thomas, a daughter, a sister, a friend, and most importantly my mother.

“You think you know what unconditional love is until the day you look into the eyes of your first child”

My mother was just 18 when she left France to move to the United States. She was just 29 when she had her first child and 33 when she had her third and last child, me. I had the opportunity to interview my mother to talk about what Motherhood is, what it means to be a mom, and potential challenges. My mother says “A mother is only as happy as her saddest child”, a phrase that has resonated with her. This is something I’ve witnessed throughout my life with my mother, she truly cares and loves each one of us the same. Whatever we’re going through or dealing with, my mother feels it as if she’s riding in the passenger seat. Whether it’s big or small my mom is always going to figure out what she can do and how she can help.   

“The worry is on going, it starts the day they’re born….it never goes away”

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve only realized just how lucky I am to have gotten a mother like mine. She is the definition of selfless. She has consistently made sacrifices for my brothers and I, and that’s not to be taken lightly. 

“When your child is happy and doing well, the joy that fills you as a mother is’s the best feeling ever, nothing can compare to it”

Working on this podcast and hearing my mother say that flushes my brain with one memory. A few weeks ago I went to Amsterdam for a holiday and called my mother to tell her about how I was having fun and just how grateful I was to be able to live the life I could. Her eyes filled with tears and I could see the joy spread across her face. It reminds me of my favorite quote, “Happiness is cultivated, Joy is Worn.” In essence, the phrase suggests that while joy may come naturally or effortlessly, happiness often requires conscious effort and investment. Joy is like a state of being, while happiness is more like a quality that can be developed and enhanced through practice and intentionality.

When you’re young, especially as a teenager, there may be moments where your relationship goes through “growing pains” I like to call it. But I’m grateful for each and every moment that has led to where I am today and my relationship with my mother. A tremendous women and one that everyone needs in their life.

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