Parting Thoughts from the Mother of the Bride

By Cheryl Barker

The bills have been paid and the gown preserved. Favorite photos have been selected and placed in a keepsake album. My job as a mother of the bride now consists solely of storage responsibilities. Rose garland and other wedding décor currently reside in our guestroom closet while the top layer of the cake, until just recently, made its home in my freezer. But I’m not complaining. These storage duties are nothing compared to the months leading up to the wedding.

The mother of the bride, however, is so much more than keeper of all things wedding related. Before my days as an MOB get too far behind me, allow me, if you will, to make a few general observations about these extraordinary women. After all, I’ve learned a lot about them in the past few years while teaming up with both my daughters as we navigated, and ultimately conquered, the course to their respective altars.

The MOB looks like any ordinary woman, but don’t be fooled. She’s capable of far more than mere appearance may lead you to believe. No one can match her speed or stamina on marathon shopping expeditions, and the massive amounts of information stored in the forefront of her mind would fry the frontal lobes of those with lesser reservoirs of love and motivation. She’s nothing short of an organizational maven on steroids. No, nobody’s gonna mess up her baby’s wedding.

But, while MOBs have lots of business to attend to, they also manage to have major fun while helping plan the biggest parties of their little girls’ lives. So in that spirit of fun that all MOBs possess, here are a few sure-fire ways to spot these supermoms in their natural habitat. They may even now be circulating in your midst!

She might be an MOB if:

1. Her purse is home to an assortment of color swatches.

2. Her car’s GPS is permanently set to find the nearest Hobby Lobby.

3. Her spare bedroom, in fact, looks like Hobby Lobby threw up in it.

4. She feels the need to buy another bolt of tulle every time she leaves the house.

5. The latest decorating craze in her home seems to be yellow sticky notes.

6. Her eyes flash dollar signs every time she uses her credit card.

7. She uses her credit card every five minutes.

8. For every item she crosses off her list, she has to add three more.

9. She carries a notebook filled with enough plans to run a small country.

And finally, she might be an MOB if…

10. Even after all the shopping she’s done for the wedding, she still goes on a quest to find one special wedding memento for her precious daughter and her new son.

So if you spot one of these special women out and about, give her a hug – or a piece of chocolate or a gift certificate for a massage or something. Believe me, she needs it!

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4 Responses to “Parting Thoughts from the Mother of the Bride”

  1. Kristin says:

    Love it!

  2. Cheryl,
    I recognize your name from Vonda’s Writers Den. Did you also attend Blue Ridge conference this past year? Congrats on the article!

    • Hi Cynthia, thanks! So neat that we both visit Vonda’s Writers Den. Thanks so much for leaving a comment and letting me know.

      No, I’ve never gone to the Blue Ridge conference, though I would love to sometime. It would be quite a distance for me to travel (from KS). I keep my eye out for conferences a little closer to home, but who knows — maybe sometime I will make it there! :)

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