Towing and Being a Mom

May 10th, 2013 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

This Sunday is a special day to celebrate our moms — Mother’s Day. In a way, I really think all women are mothers — whether they have given birth to a child or not. One definition of “mother” is a female parent. Case in point: I watch my 18-month-old niece and she calls me, and all of her aunties, “mum.”

I was known as the meanest mother on Main Street. Not so much for punishment of my two kids but for not going with the flow or allowing them to do what “everyone else was doing at the time.” It wasn’t always easy for me or them — growing up running a small, family-owned towing business. At times I felt like a single parent and a widow. Towing is hard on anyone’s family life.

There were sacrifices I, and the kids, had to make. Missed anniversaries, birthday parties, holiday celebrations, etc. — all interrupted because the phone rang and dad had to go on a call.

Because there was the possibility of my husband having to leave in the middle of a game or dance recital, I made sure I was there cheering them on, going to their plays, helping with homework, running them to Scouts, etc. I guess one of the good things of owning your own business is that you are flexible with your time and I was able to do those things. I could take the kids to the shop too, to get my bookwork done, and they could spend some time with their dad.

We did stay home quite a bit because I had to answer the phones, but that was good in a way too. All the neighborhood kids gathered at our house and my backyard became a baseball field. I was known as “Mom Roskopf” to all of them and because they were at our house so much, I really felt like their mom.

My son was a junior in college when he came home one weekend and said, “Mom, I am so glad I come from a normal family.” I just chuckled and shook my head. Normal? Not too sure about that, but I did the best I knew how and I have to admit, I am a mom to two great kids.

Ladies, it’s your day — have a good one!