Turning Into Your Mother

August 2, 2020

It’s official. I have turned into my mother. 

I say things like, “Because I said so”, “For Pete’s sake”, and “If I have to ask you one more time!?”

I cook dinners in Crock-Pots while yelling “Don’t make me come up there!” Usually followed by the motherly counting, “1-2- don’t you dare make me say 3!”

I’m constantly asking my children to turn off their lights, put the toilet seat down, and clean up their mess. 

I lay items on the stairs hopeful they will be carried to their proper place, though they never are, unless by me.

I purge my children’s toys when they aren’t looking. Sometimes my husband’s too. 

I remind everyone to use the bathroom before leaving the house, no matter where we are going. Every. Single. Time.

I watch the news, various documentaries, and all the shows I once deemed “boring”. No longer a fan of MTV and all of the shows I vowed to enjoy forever. 

I hate wasting things. We will eat leftovers for a week if it means not throwing any food out, unused. 

I cry at everything. Commercials. Television shows. Books. Church service. Random Wednesday’s. 

I take daily vitamins, have a favorite comfy spot, and constantly ask people to “Text me when they get home.”

I hold books and papers extremely far from my face, which somehow helps me see better. 

My hands are busy, my heart is full, and I’m gaining more of my mother’s mom-isms with each day. 

There is beauty in turning into your mother, especially when your mother is no longer here. 

If I could be anything, I’d be her, and apparently I am with each passing day.

Have you started becoming your mother? It’s a funny, yet beautiful transformation. 

xox, Chels

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Chelsea Ohlemiller

Chelsea Ohlemiller

A thirty-something wife, mother and educator who has Indiana roots and a passionate spirit. Chelsea is a sappy romantic, coffee junkie, book collector, and person who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s sarcastic, full of jokes, full of tears, and enjoys writing most when life gets messy or complicated. In 2017, Chelsea's mother passed away. Through her grief journey, she decided to take her mother’s advice and share her writing with the world. One day she gained the courage to honor her mother's wishes and write. It turned out to be one of the best decisions she's ever made.

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