Ode to Moms

It’s mother’s day weekend and I can’t let it pass by without a tribute to my mom Debbie. She’s one of the most beautiful, talented, selfless, and loving women I know. I have been blessed with such a wonderful mom and best friend. Whenever something good, bad, or indifferent happens it’s always mom I think of to call. The older I get, the more I realize how we are alike. We are known to finish each other’s sentences, and to say the same word at the same time. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’ve learned many things from mom throughout the years. Some of her words of wisdom and advice have stuck, here are a few empowering things my mom has taught me:

– When you know better, you do better
– Everything will eventually be okay and to truly not sweat the small stuff – it’s all just temporary anyway
– Unconditional love, both with words and actions
– She instilled this inner strength that has driven me throughout my life. It was that strength that fueled this Alaskan adventure
– To celebrate life, from small joys to life changing moments

I love you and wish I was there to celebrate you today. I’ll make sure to have a Bloody Mary in your honor!


While some moms run errands, my mom runs half marathons.
While some moms ride shotgun, my mom rides her bike across the country.
While some moms beat eggs, my mom beats cancer.

Last Christmas I was flipping through childhood photos… Mom and me in the Sierra Nevadas.  Mom and me camping out.  Mom and me swimming in a lake.  It’s no wonder why I’m writing this post from Alaska.  Anyone who knows me knows how proud I am to be my mother’s son.  Sue Wotring is a tireless adventurer — a sweet, smart and strong woman who I truly respect and love dearly.  From the bottom of my hiking boots to the bottom of my heart, happy mothers day.


3 responses

  1. melissa piercy


    This is such a touching, wonderful tribute to your mom. What a great lady, I haven’t met her, but I know I would like her. She did a great job!


    May 23, 2011 at 4:13 pm

  2. melissa piercy


    Love that pic of you and your Mom, such a sweet message to her for Mother’s Day! I know she must be proud of you!

    The trip looks awesome and you guys are having a great time.

    By the way, I grew up on smelt and I always loved it! We ate it fried – of course!


    May 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    • jratt18

      Thanks Mel! We are having a blast. I got to jump in on one of Scott’s training sessions yesterday. He got a job as a tour guide for a back country adventure company. We went canyoneering and it was so awesome!!

      May 24, 2011 at 8:22 am

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