I know you’ll read this because you are my eternal fan, and supporter. I’ve always looked up to you, and some of my earliest memories are from the early 1990s when you would wear colorful dresses with big shoulder pads. Paula and I would watch you get ready like you were a live Barbie doll, and after you were finished applying perfect makeup and taking the curlers out of your blonde silky hair, you would twirl around and ask us what we thought. We would grin big smiles and our eyes would twinkle with approval. We had so much fun playing “dress up”. The door bell would ring shortly after and you would give us both a kiss on the cheek before leaving us with the babysitter and head out for a night with friends. I would lay in bed thinking of the music and all the dresses at the party and think how fabulous it must be to be an adult.
Fast forward to today, Paula and I are all grown up, and we still play dress up! Going through your jewelery box and oohing and awing at all your new pieces has become an Olsen-family tradition. If we show you a new top, or even an old one at that, you always say, “try it on!”. You have not only been an amazing mother, but a really great friend. I cherish our weekly talks now that I am living in Denmark, and I always know you have my best intentions at heart.
You once told me something that I tell myself almost daily. You said to me once, “You always have a choice, even not choosing is choice”. This always gets me moving because I think, ‘if I’m making a choice anyway, I might as well be making one that gets me something’.
So to my beautiful intelligent mother, Happy Mother’s Day! I look forward to many more jewelery-raids, good talks, and memories together.
I love you!