I am Woman, Hear Me Roar

Helen Reddy sang this song in the 1970’s. And yes, I know most of the words; don’t tell anyone, OK?! My mom had the LP, my sisters and I sang some of her songs at the kitchen sink while we did dishes.

The reason that I bring this up is that I want to tell you about a woman that I admire more than any other – my Mom!

I met the woman I call “Mom” when I was 8 years old. And I wasn’t very nice to that woman…at all. In fact, I was a complete little brat and downright mean! You see, this was the woman that my dad had started dating, and I didn’t like it! I was the number one girl in his life; I was taking care of things! We didn’t need some woman coming in and messing things up!

But, I’d never met a woman like her before. She is not someone that gives up easily. She doesn’t give up at all! She put up with my crap, my brother’s crap, my sister’s crap, and my little baby sister’s diapered crap! Oh, and my poor Dad’s cooking of crap! LOL!

She persevered. She listened. She scolded. She cooked. She cleaned. She consoled. She mended. She wiped. She laughed. She believed. She helped. She loved. She stayed.

She stayed…She stayed…She could have left, but she stayed.

She became the mom we all needed. She didn’t give birth to any of us, but she was more a mom than anyone could ever ask for. She didn’t leave us when we yelled at her. She didn’t leave us when we hurt her. She didn’t leave us when we pretended we didn’t need her. She didn’t leave us when we went away to school. She didn’t leave us when we got married. And she certainly didn’t leave us when we had babies of our own.

She stayed. Through thick and thin. She has stayed. Through it all.

This woman, who didn’t have to be my mother, has never ever given up on a single one of us. She refuses to let us be less than we are capable of. She sees the great things we can be, even when we doubt ourselves. She has always pushed me to be better, to never give up, never surrender. Many a time, I’ve thought she’s been too tough on me, but it was because she loved me. Loved me enough to see beyond my self-doubts, beyond my fears. In her strong, fearless way she has pushed me to be my best.

This is the woman who has never backed down from any fight. She always taught me to stand up for what I believe in. Even if I’m standing up to her. We’ve had our share of fights, fewer now as I get older and wiser and find that she is often, very often, right and I am wrong! She accepts when I am right too. She is ferocious in fighting for truth and what is best for those she cares about. I am that way because of her. The best way to be, in my opinion.

She taught me to be a woman. Not the meek and mild kind, afraid of my own shadow. No, she taught me not to hide behind anyone or anything. No man, no excuse, no “friend” who wasn’t really a friend, no circumstance, nothing or no one. No one can ever keep me down. She taught me to stand up tall and believe in myself. I didn’t have to hide. I am who I am – strong, proud to be woman. She has always believed in me, even when I didn’t.

My definition of superwoman has always rendered a picture of her in my mind. She is all about family and hard work. She has given so much to all of us and to our children. She has given her entire life to us, she will until her last breath. Even then, she will be too stubborn to leave us behind!

The words from Helen’s song will ring loud and clear each day in my mind. She has taught me that I am someone special. I am someone important. I can do anything. No matter how much I may think I’ve messed up, I can always come home. She will always believe that I am better than I think I am.

I love you Mom!

She always has been and forever will be (and now I am too, thanks to her) the woman in those words of that Helen Reddy song:

“I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman!”


16 thoughts on “I am Woman, Hear Me Roar

  1. Once more Shawna, you nailed it all on the head!! Great job!! We are so very lucky to have such great parents, who have been there for us for so long!! We love you both!!

  2. Two words: Hell. Yeah.

    I could feel the passion coming right off the page on this post, Shawna! You’ve got me all fired up! Wonderful!!!

  3. I just adore all of these “love letters” to your family. This one might be my favorite if only because of the special place my own mom holds in my heart. What a gift you are giving them and yourself by taking the time to salute so many of the people you love.

    1. Thanks Kristen and Jacqui! This process has been extremely rewarding to both me and my family! It has contributed


      to my Happiness this month. I didn’t realize how grumpy and unappreciative I can be! 😉 Surprising, eh!? LOL!

      I am truly blessed to have the wonderful family I have. If this exercise has done nothing else, it has at least made me realize just how blessed I am. I am also blessed to have wonderful people like you all reading/commenting. I am so happy to have found my new blogging/twitter friends who are teaching me soooo much! Thanks to all of you!

  4. What a woman! She sounds like my kind of woman. And the fact that she didn’t have to do it makes it even more wonderful.

    It’s so awesome (I rarely use that word) that you are doing this about your family. They are your heroes and what better way to pay tribute to them.

    She sounds like such an amazing woman. I’ve never met her, yet she inspires me.

    Thank you for this wonderful post.

  5. Although I don’t remember singing that PARTICULAR song – it’s meaning is great, but WHAT THE HELL? lol

    Anyway, You are absolutely RIGHT!!! Mom does Rock, and I hope this proves it to her how much we ALL love and appreciate her…

    one last thing – HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SHAWNA!!! May your 40s continue as your 30s did!!!

    1. Well, maybe more me singing that one than you! For people to know how much we love and appreciate them, we gotta say the words kiddo! Thx for the bday greetings. I certainly plan on this being the best decade yet!

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