Recently, I was contacted by the yogurt company Chobani with an idea- a blog post highlighting someone in my life who deserves a break. They’ve released a new line of yogurts called Flip Cups, which is a combination of toppings and yogurt (Check them out here) AKA less bowls and more yum!! The idea behind this project is to recognize someone who deserves to kick back with a good Flip Cup and relax. When I received this, I immediately knew who I wanted to identify. You can probably guess, but I’ll say it anyways- my mom.
Diana Greer Clark is unlike any mother I’ve ever come to meet. First off, she puts up with me, but that’s besides the point 😉 She raises two teenagers, twins in fact, one of whom has a number of disabilities. She devotes so much of her time to helping her and making her life as enjoyable as possible. Whether it be making her a special dessert or waiting with her all day for an appointment, she is always there for my sister. I never realized how much work she does for her until I was asked to baby sit her for more than a few hours. As much as I love my sister, she is tiring, and after the second hour, I wanted a loonnnggg nap. My mother even took me, my sister, and one of my close friends to COACHELLA. Guess what? She loved it. I’ve never met a mom who would voluntarily spend a weekend at a music festival where the average temperature was 100 F and there was music blasting every second of the day. For that, she deserves a day off.
As many of you know, my mother and I recently went to France for two weeks. While there, we dealt with LOTS of mishaps. If you’ve ever driven in France, specifically the small towns, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. There were times when we drove around the same block five times, during the heart of Paris rush hour, just to return our rental car. There was also the time that we got stuck in an ally way in Arles and… well… it’s a long story. The point is, during those times of distress and panic, my mom may not have stayed completely calm, but she worked her butt off to get us out of that situation. She also took me around the city, and showed me how beautiful a country France is. It was the best trip of my life, and she arranged it all. For that, she deserves a break.
As you know, I am a tennis player. It is something that brings me pure joy, and I can’t imagine my life without it. I wouldn’t be able to say that if it wasn’t for my mom. One day, in freshman year, she asked me to warm her up for a tennis lesson with her new coach. I was out there when the coach came, and he told me to stay there and that he would work with me that day. From that day forward, I have loved the game of tennis. I wouldn’t be able to say I love it without my moms constant support, encouragement, and help. She’s my singles opponent when I want to play, and my mom when I need to complain about my backhand. In all honestly, I wouldn’t be playing the sport I love without her help, and for that, she deserves a break.
To put it simply- my mom has gone through a lot. She has come close to death, and beaten it. She raises a special needs child, and does a pretty great job. She is an amazing tennis player who constantly inspires me to get better. All in all, my mom is one of a kind, and she works incredibly hard. #BreakYouMake was created to highlight people like my mother, who work hard everyday and don’t get enough recognition for it. For that, she should kick back with a flip cup, a good book, maybe some wine, and relaaxxxx.
For more information on the flip cups and the #BreakYouMake project, check out their website and enter for yourself!
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