My Mom's a Badass

My mom's a badass. She’s 5”1 with strawberry blonde hair, mother of three children and has quite the sassy attitude. This woman will not take no for an answer. She is one of eight children, so when she decided she wanted to go to college; she waited tables to pay for her classes. She now has two Masters, one in Education Curriculum & Instruction and another in Library Information and she's currently working to become a board certified librarian. She’s an amazing cook and every Thanksgiving she & my dad host an average of 50 people. She is the gatherer, she is dependable & she is not to be messed with.

Susie Carlson is a powerful woman and I feel so lucky to call her mom.

Me: What's the fondest memory of your mother (Nana)?

Mom: I think it would be after I had children, she would always come by & I wouldn’t even have to ask her to do anything. She just knew.

Me: What is the hardest part of being a mother for you?

Mom: I guess worrying about my children, even when they’re grown. 

Me: When was the last time you felt like a real mom boss? Like when you had this mom thing figured out…

Mom: Well, I don’t know that I have it figured out yet. But maybe when I was walking down I40 in wet grass with wet shoes and socks and pants trying to get to my daughter’s automobile accident, I felt like a big ole’ mom then.

(For a little context-- I was in a car accident on the interstate early Friday morning – I’m fine but my car’s totaled and when I called my mom she left work and apparently thought that sitting through traffic was a waste of time, so she parked her car & started walking. My dad scooped her up & they drove the rest of the way, but she was determined, that’s for sure).

Me: (haha) Ok, but prior to last Friday, when did you feel that way?

Mom: During the life changing moments, like when you guys graduated from high school or college. When the three of you achieve something, because your achievements are hopefully a reflection of your father and me.

Me: In what ways do you think I’m like you? And not like you?

Mom: I absolutely know you’re like me with your work ethic, and your perseverance (insert sappy face here) – You got that from me. But I’m not much of a risk taker, I don’t think I would’ve studied abroad at 19, I’m more of a home body.

Me: When did you realize you were no longer a child?

Mom: Probably when I realized if I wanted to go to college, I had to make it happen, all by myself. All my peers were college bound, and I was just so thankful for that because no one was really pushing me in my family to get a degree. So I just kind of figured things out on my own.

Me: What was your mother’s best dish?

Mom: She was a really good cook, because she cooked for 10 people every single night. And we rotated meals, like you knew that Thursday night was meatloaf night. As a child growing up, I’d have to say it was fried chicken, Maryland fried chicken. It has a thick batter before you fry it- it’s very crispy & it takes a loooong time to cook.

Me: If you had to describe Nana in three words, what would they be?

Mom: She was a lot of fun. Even as adults, when we went to the beach we wanted to take her, because she was so much fun. Also, I don’t know if the word is gracious but she had really good manners, she taught me to be the thank-you-note queen. And nurturing, when I had the three of you she’d just show up for the day, because she had daughters I think & she knew what to do.

Me: If Nana had to describe you in three words, what do you think they would be?

Mom: They wouldn’t all be nice (she laughed). Probably determined, I think she would agree with that one. I think she would say that I was giving- but she'd also say that I was a bit of a brat.

Me: (haha) I probably got that from you too- I can definitely be a brat sometimes. Ok, looking back at your life thus far, what are you the most proud of?

Mom: My children. Just that your dad and I have pretty goal oriented children. And my children are polite, and that makes me happy. And I think that’s a reflection of how you were raised.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the badass moms out there!


Lauren Carlson