A Message from Gini Dietrich’s Mom

By: Guest | February 10, 2011 | 

My momma, Christy Norton, is today’s guest blogger. This is not the first time she’s been on Spin Sucks. Last summer she made her debut in our weekly video blog. In honor of my birthday she writes about grounding me for my entire life and other fun stuff. Here she is…Skirsty, momma, mumsily, Mamma Mia…my mom.

Happy Birthday Gini Gin!!!!

I wish that we were together celebrating, I miss you tons!

I want to take the occasion of the celebration of your birth to apologize for two things.  I digress, apologizing means that you are truly sorry for something.  I’m not sure that I am truly sorry, just a little sorry.

I am sorry that your name is such a difficult one.  One that causes explanations.  I’m sure that many people have been in therapy for years after being called as many names as you have been called.  There is the ever present Jenny, of course, Gina, Geenie, Geri, and my personal favorite, Gin Gin (although I am the only one allowed to call you that).

Originally, we wanted to name you Virginia after my beloved Aunt Virginia.  What kind of a name was that for this beautiful, petite, baby of mine?  We chose Gini as a tribute to Aunt Virgie, but your name alone.  So there it is.  You weren’t named after drinks from France or the U.S., or the Ginny doll, but a name that we thought would be easier to live with than Virginia.  How innocent and naive new parents can be.

The second item is about your contention that you should be left-handed.  Let us explore this.  Being a former kindergarten teacher, I was well aware of some of the difficulties of “lefties.” They have to sit at the end of the table so they don’t bump elbows with each other.  They have to have special scissors, special tools, and special attention (sorry left-handed kindergartners).   I may not know about a lot of things, but I know a lot about children.

I wanted to make things as easy as possible for you.  At the point when all children start reaching for things with both hands, you seemed to favor your  left hand.  I counter-balanced that by putting things on your right side.  Thus, you contend that I MADE you right-handed.  Perhaps your even-minded thinking might be a result of this?  You think with both sides of your brain, could that have anything to do with you being relatively ambidextrous?  Might you want to thank me rather than mock me?

So, I apologize, half-heartedly.

The most rewarding part of being a parent is seeing the end result of something that you have poured heart and soul into for years.

As a new parent, every thought, action, and prayer revolves around this little being that has invaded your life turning it completely upside down. Yet, you love this little person more than life itself.

Gini, what a beautiful baby (and child and adult)!  Those big eyes, perfect features, you were just perfect in every way.

I was instantly smitten the moment I set eyes on you.  Smitten with the fierceness of  Mother Love. Never underestimate the completeness of Mother Love. No love compares to Mother Love.  No one will ever love you as completely and unconditionally as your mom.

Parenting is the yin and yang of life.  I have always loved you, but sometimes I didn’t like you.  I remember telling you that you were grounded for the rest of your life, and I meant it.  You have always been my JOY in life.  I couldn’t be more proud of you, not only of your accomplishments, but of the person that you are.

I love you Gin Gin,


  • Sweet. Happy birthday Gini!

  • Happy birthday Gini! What a great idea to have your mother make this post.

  • ginidietrich

    @Sushi Thank you! I love that she did it!

  • ginidietrich

    @JohnnyRusso LOL! Did you have an alert set up so you wouldn’t forget?

  • @ginidietrich No. Just kept checking 🙂 There’s a lot of info on your site to keep me busy while I waited.

  • sydcon_mktg

    Awe, that is the best!! What a nice brithday tribute! Happy Birthday!

  • ginidietrich

    @sydcon_mktg It made me cry when I read it!

  • ginidietrich

    @JohnnyRusso HA! That is true. Thanks for being the first!

  • M_Koehler


  • Too. much. awesome. I’m crying NOW. @ginidietrich my mom’s a teacher too. What are the odds?!

  • jeanniecw

    I love that her “voice” is so similar to yours. Never underestimate Mother Love. How true, how true. What a lovely birthday message!! Thank you for sharing.

  • karyncooks

    Happy Birthday, Gini! Our mothers may be kindred spirits as mine often apologizes for “Karyn” vs. “Karen”. Hard to believe people can mispronounce or misspell that, even when it’s spelled for them: K. A. R. Y. N.

    Moving on, I can recall a few times in my teens when I heard “I always love you but I don’t always like you.” OMG! Can you believe? Well, yes you can because apparently our mothers were separated at birth.

    We’re both lucky to have moms around to help celebrate the children we were and the adults we’ve become. Wishing you a lovely trip around the sun! Hugs to your mom.

  • Awww know we know why you are soooo cool… it was MOM!!!!.. usually is.(don’t let mine know I said that, it will make her head swell!)

  • CandiceStone

    Totally get the “I have always loved you, but sometimes I didn’t like you.” one. I hope my daughter regards me as fondly as you do your Mom when she is all grown up. Every day I feel like I am giving her reasons to say “Sure I love you Mom, but right now I really don’t like you.”

  • Tears. I think I love you mother. What a wise, cool lady…but then again, what else would she be? She produced YOU! Happy Birthday and thanks to Ms. Christy Norton for giving us Ms. Gini Dietrich 🙂
    Happy Birthday!

  • JoyFull_deb

    Your mom just melted my heart. Pretty darn cool having Christy Norton as your mom !!< < No love compares to Mother Love. No one will ever love you as completely and unconditionally as your mom.>> I know with all my heart that this is true.

    Happy Birthday Gin Gin…..YOU are loved by sooooooo many people in this Universe.
    (((HUGS))) to Chicago’s greatest Chef….

  • As a new father to an 9months old daughter I can related to a lot of this. Thanks for sharing your private life, wisedom and pride. Happy Birthday Gini

  • thewhalehunters

    Happy Birthday Gini, and mucho thanks to your Mom for the lovely tribute about you. Much deserved and clearly spoken from the heart. Your mom Christy sounds just so much like my Mom Jean–who unlike your Mom is approaching her 90th birthday–and still sharp as a tack and celebrating our gift of an iPad for Christmas. She has her own Facebook page to track the kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.

    We are indeed our parents’ children, and how blessed you are to have a wonderful mom. I am not surprised that she is so fiercely proud of you!

  • Dear Mrs. Norton, (you can read this as well Aunt Gini lol)

    That was one of the most touching yet amusing pieces I’ve read in a long time.

    I really want admit to you that I teared, for your words were simply beautiful – but I somehow have this reputation for being a witty and sarcastic bad***, so I can’t tell everyone here that I almost had to reach for Kleenex. So please – let’s just keep that between us if you don’t mind ;).

    In the short time that I’ve known your incredible daughter, I’ve come to respect and admire her both as a friend and as a professional. From what I see everyday – through her words and charismatic nature and from the supportive friend/mentor she is to me and many – I will also add that she is beautiful both inside and out.

    By reading your heart-felt words, I can now see where she gets her many qualities from – like mother, like daughter.

    You have every reason to be proud and you surely deserve all the credit in the world for the values that you’ve instilled in your Gin Gin. I take my hat off to you for being the mother that you are.

    It’s great of you to have written this little tribute – I’m sure it’s by far the best bday present a daughter could ask for.

    Wishing you and your lovely family all the health and happiness that this world has to offer.


    PS – I often call her Gin Gin but would only continue to do so with your permission of course. If not, I’m just gonna’ have to stick with Aunt Gini or Mrs. D lol ;). Those are pretty cool too!

    Happy Birthday to ya Gini Dietrich!

  • ginidietrich

    @Griddy I was wondering if you would catch that only she gets to call me that! shellykramer is going to be upset by this, as well. Love you tons, Griddy!

  • ginidietrich

    @thewhalehunters I LOVE that your mom is using an iPad and on Facebook. You’re right – like mother, like daughter!

  • ginidietrich

    @johnfalchetto THanks John!!

  • ginidietrich

    @JoyFull_deb Pretty darn cool is right! I have lots of friends who complain about their mothers, but mine is my best friend!

  • ginidietrich

    @EricaAllison She rocks, does she not? She is my very best friend. I love her tons!

  • ginidietrich

    @CandiceStone LOL! I think it’s supposed to be the other way around.

  • ginidietrich

    @DougLeavy I won’t say a word to your mom!

  • ginidietrich

    @karyncooks How, on earth, do people say your name?

  • ginidietrich

    @jeanniecw My mom is waaaaaaay more funny than me. I’ll have to have her back in her sarcastic voice.

  • ginidietrich

    @Shonali Soulmates. You and me. Soulmates.

  • ginidietrich

    @M_Koehler You love my momma! Did you make mac and cheese?

  • NancyMyrland

    That is absolutely beautiful, and adorable, and heart-felt, and funny! Gini, my Mom took care of Virginia for you, and I am handling the left-handedness for both of us! Being with my Mom right now while she recuperates, I got tears in my eyes knowing you took the time to write such a wonderful letter to Gini. So many families never share words like these, even in writing. I love that you did. You have so much to be proud of in Gini, and vice versa. Hugs to both of you. xoxo

  • Awwwww….

  • How sweet

  • lesmckeown

    Tree. Seed. Fall. Not far from.

  • M_Koehler

    @ginidietrich She’s your Mom, so yes! I didn’t make the M&C yet. I got distracted by the collection of guitars in the other room but I’ll be making it this weekend. I’ll let you know how it goes. Happy Birthday again. Being “28” is great.

  • DrLori71

    Happy happy birthday! I wonder if my parents forced me to be right handed too because even though I write righty, I golf and bat lefty. Ambidextrous or just plain weird…I don’t know, you make the call.
    Great post!

  • @ginidietrich shellykramer How could I miss it? I almost felt like it was directed to me in person haha.

    Seriously Gini – you’re lucky to have each other. I know – cause much like you – I have the best mother a girl could ask for. God bless ’em.

    Now get off the computer and go enjoy your bday! hehe

    Tons of love right back at ya Aunt Gini 😉

  • PatrickStrother

    Great blog. Today is my daughter’s 19th birthday. I would add to this fine blog that father’s have their own unique love for their daughters.

  • MimiMeredith

    Christy, you never have to get Gini another birthday gift. This is it. And it’s a gift to all of us who are mothers and daughters.Thank you for your wonderful wit and wisdom.

    Gini…you can talk to me later about the no gift thing.

    Thank you both for sharing this. Christy, you and I have a great deal in common in parenting syles. I hope my children turn out to be half as phenomenal (and incredibly well balanced…way to anticipate her need to use both sides of her brain!) as Gini! Happy birthday.

  • DianeRayfield

    Aren’t Moms the best? Happy Birthday Gini (I personally like this name)! Great post. Spot on!

  • Mrs. Norton,

    As some of the prior commentors would agree, I’m a big softy. I’ll well up with tears with the best of them. Although I’ll never experience the joys of Mother Love — alas we males are destined to pound our chests and scare away any dangerous critters that might put our families in peril — I’ve witnessed the truth of your words with my own mother. I think it is absolutely wonderful that you posted here today — it takes not only courage on Gini’s part but yours as well, and it underscores your mutual love.

    I could go on for days — remember, I’m a big ole emotional softy? But I won’t. I’ll leave it with a Happy Birthday to Gini and a congratulations to you. Your daughter is a tribute, I’m sure, to you. As someone who has only known her for a handful of months, I, without a doubt, will attest that she is a wonderful person. Thanks for sharing her.

    Oh, and if you want to know what motherly love looks like from a son’s perspective, here’s what I had to say about my mom

    Happy Birthday again Gini!!

    Jamey B

  • CLGraphics

    Absolutely fantastic! “So, I apologize, half-heartedly.” Ha! Love that! Don’t know how many times I’ve done that as a Dad. Probably at least 3 times a week over the past 20something yrs.

    Happy birthday to a uniquely named, ambidextrous still grounded adult I only sort of kind of know. Maybe your mom will cut you a little slack, ease your grounding and let you have fund with friends for your birthday.

  • ginidietrich

    @CLGraphics I loved “might you thank me instead of mock me?” HAHAHA!

  • ginidietrich

    @DianeRayfield Thanks Diane!

  • ginidietrich

    @JamesDBurrell2 Thank you, Jamey! xoxo

  • ginidietrich

    @PatrickStrother And a fine daughter she must be!

  • ginidietrich

    @MimiMeredith That’s the first time I’ve heard this theory about being well-balanced. LOL! I agree…stuff like this is the true gift (even though she got me a chef’s coat, which is really freaking cool!).

  • ginidietrich

    @NancyMyrland You, my love, are a fantastic daughter. Not many of us would leave our families for Christmas to go help our mom.

  • ginidietrich

    @lesmckeown My mom is pretty darn rockin’!

  • ginidietrich

    @DrLori71 I vote ambidextrous!

  • bdorman264

    Wow, what a great mom and tribute. Obviously, she did good………………..hope your birthday was a fabulous one.

  • MimiMeredith

    @ginidietrich You’re ready for your audition!

  • This is the cutest thing ever…seriously. But more so…how brave of you @ginidietrich I don’t know if I’d let my mom write on my blog…it could get crazy haha

  • Happy belated birthday! I’m guessing you’re gonna bebop or better yet rock steady tonight / this weekend. But Chicago is a pretty poppin’ town, maybe you rocked it last night.

    With the origin story of your name, this post should blow up. Interesting stuff.

    Good job mom!

  • karyncooks

    @ginidietrich Corrine, Kareen, Kahren – 😉

  • Being left-handed myself I couldn’t help think you missed out on something in life! Like all those problems opening cans, or using keys.

  • ginidietrich

    @jonbuscall I still use my left hand for most things…like golf, sweeping, etc.. But I don’t use it for keys. Funny – I’d never thought of that!

  • ginidietrich

    @mirbiz I did go out with friends last night, but it was an early night. We’re all way too responsible for our own good.

  • ginidietrich

    @rachaelseda Well, it’s not like I couldn’t have veto’d it before it was published! It’s not like they lock me out of WordPress. 🙂

  • ginidietrich

    @bdorman264 Thanks Bill! It was!!

  • ginidietrich

    @karyncooks Lordy. People.

  • ginidietrich

    @M_Koehler Now don’t be silly. You know we’re 31 this year.

  • M_Koehler

    @ginidietrich Oh yeah. There are those 3 years of college of have very little recollection of.

  • Happy Birth day AGAIN- how sweet of your mom!!!

  • ginidietrich

    @faybiz Thank you!!

  • HowieSPM

    Dear Gini’s Mom. Can I please see your identification please?

    And you obviously would get along with my Dad who decided for some bizarre reason to make me a lefty with the Baseball Bat, Hockey Stick, and Golf Clubs while being a righty in everything. Do you know how harsh it is for friends to say don’t worry use my incredible golf clubs…oh so sorry you are a lefty.

    If you really wish to endear yourself Gini’s Mom please tell us why she was grounded for the rest of her life and is that why she works from home so much?

  • PattiRoseKnight

    You couldn’t be more right when you say “Never underestimate the completness of Mother Love. No love compares to Mother Love. No one will every love you completely and unconditionally as your mom.” There are no truer words. You are responsible for creating a person that I have the privelage of working alongside each and every day and I can say you did a good job Gini’s mom! Patti

  • I just have to say awwwww…. how precious…

    and I think I might have to print this out for my son, as I too, have been making him right handed – but hopefully he will be ambidextrous like I am. 🙂

    and major LOL on ‘half hearted apology’

  • ginidietrich

    @RandomShelly I’m surprised you didn’t pick up the “Might you want to thank me rather than mock me?”

  • ParkRidgeDDS

    Oh man…*sniff* GINI…I didn’t see THIS one EITHER…*sniff* Next time your Mom is in town, I call dibs on drinks with her (you can come if you want) And BTW…she is absolutely right about Mother Love…there is nothing in the world like it…it alerts you in mysterious ways when your children are in need or in pain. And it fills you with incomprehensible joy when your children are happy. Your mom must be radiating in joy…

  • ginidietrich

    @ParkRidgeDDS She’s my best friend. Quite an amazing woman!