Mom, I Always Knew You Loved Me


See video below.

Mom was 20 when I was born—twenty times as old as me. But when I turned 10, I suddenly realized that she was now only three times as old as me. And when I reached 20 she would only be two times as old as me.  “Heck,” I thought, “soon she’ll be younger than me!”

I always sucked at math.

By the time I got to college I’d figured it out: Mom would always be exactly 20 years older than me. Period. More importantly, she would always have 20 years more life experience.

28745522-little-boy-pointing-to-something-in-the-countryside-showing-his-mother-a-point-of-interest-as-they-sIt’s like hiking with a tall friend: You come to a fork in the road, behind which is a hill obstructing your view. You can’t see what the two paths do beyond the hill, so how can you choose which one to take? You ask your tall friend who can see beyond the hill. It was just a short trip from there to realize that…

My mom was still experiencing new things. When I was 6, she was busy learning to be the mother of a 6 year old. And when I was 16, she was busy learning to be (survive being?) the mother of a 16 year old–not to mention processing all the other stuff life throws at a 30-something year old woman.

That was when my perspective on Mother’s Day changed. It wasn’t just a celebration of who my mom was, it was a celebration of who she was becoming! The only thing that remained the same was her love. That was there from start to finish.

Mom passed away in the fall of 1999, but I still remember who she was, who she was becoming, and the fact that she always loved me.

i-always-knew-you-loved-me_270_270That inspired a short play, I Always Knew You Loved Meabout a trio of young adults and their three seemingly unrelated stories.  If you’d like to read it—or if you’re with a drama group that might want to perform it—click here.

I also made a 4 1/2 minute mini-movie from the same script. You can watch the video by clicking on the image below.

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I love you, Mom. Every version of you. And I’m glad I never caught up with you. I mean, who wants to be older than their mom, right?

Happy Mother’s Day!

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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23 Responses to Mom, I Always Knew You Loved Me

  1. A mama’s love…nothing like it …What a great video for mother’s day!

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  2. I loved this video the first time I saw it and even more this time. Need a tissue now! Thank you Mitch! 😊

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  3. Nancy Ruegg says:

    My mom was also 20 when I was born. Looking back, I realize how incredibly wise she was for her age, fostering independence and responsibility, leading by example. Mom just graduated to heaven in October.

    The video was delightful! Have to admit: when all three adult children approached the same front porch, I was surprised. Great twist!

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  4. ErikaKind says:

    That’s beautiful and touching! Thank you for sharing this private story with us.

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  5. Ellen says:

    We love this video for many reasons! And we love it even more hearing a little bit of your story Mitch! We will be posting and sharing as we get ready to honor mothers in May!

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  6. barbara runck says:


    Sent from my iPad


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  7. mitchteemley says:

    Thank you, Barbara!


  8. This was such a lovely little gem! Thank you so much for sharing. ~Paula

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  9. With Mothers Day fast approaching this was beautiful Mitch. :O)

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  10. ranjeetgarde says:

    Very touched by your feeling for your mother, yes mother’s are amazing angels sent by god to look over us

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  11. mitchteemley says:

    Reblogged this on Mitch Teemley and commented:

    In honor of Mother’s Day! If you love your Mom you’ll share this with her. Just sayin’. ;>)


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