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A Message from Gini Dietrich’s Mom

By: Guest | February 10, 2011 | 
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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,

Mom

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JohnnyRusso
5 years 4 months ago

Sweet. Happy birthday Gini!

Sushi
5 years 4 months ago

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

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

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

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

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

JohnnyRusso
5 years 4 months ago

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

sydcon_mktg
sydcon_mktg
5 years 4 months ago

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

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@sydcon_mktg It made me cry when I read it!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

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

M_Koehler
M_Koehler
5 years 4 months ago

Awww

Shonali
5 years 4 months ago

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

jeanniecw
jeanniecw
5 years 4 months ago

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
karyncooks
5 years 4 months ago
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… Read more »
DougLeavy
5 years 4 months ago

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
CandiceStone
5 years 4 months ago

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.”

EricaAllison
5 years 4 months ago

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
JoyFull_deb
5 years 4 months ago

Your mom just melted my heart. Pretty darn cool having Christy Norton 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….

johnfalchetto
5 years 4 months ago

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
thewhalehunters
5 years 4 months ago

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!

ginidietrich (Gini Dietrich)
5 years 4 months ago

A message from my momma http://bit.ly/dK1i1G

aakomas (Amy Akomas)
5 years 4 months ago

Lawdy! Your mum’s funny! RT @ginidietrich: A message from my momma http://bit.ly/dK1i1G

MummyinProvence (Mummy in Provence)

RT @ginidietrich: A message from my momma http://bit.ly/dK1i1G < Happy Birthday!

RussoJohnny (Johnny Russo)
5 years 4 months ago

Happy Birthday! RT @ginidietrich: A message from my momma http://bit.ly/dK1i1G

johnfalchetto (John Falchetto)
5 years 4 months ago

RT @ginidietrich: A message from my momma http://bit.ly/dK1i1G

Griddy
5 years 4 months ago
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… Read more »
ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@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!

trharp1 (Thomas Harper)
5 years 4 months ago

RT @Ginidietrich A message from my momma http://bit.ly/dK1i1G. | Nice job, Gini’s Mom, well done.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

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

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@johnfalchetto THanks John!!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

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

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

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

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

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

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

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

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

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

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

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

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@Shonali Soulmates. You and me. Soulmates.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

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

NancyMyrland
NancyMyrland
5 years 4 months ago

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

WordsDoneWrite
5 years 4 months ago

Awwwww….

delwilliams
5 years 4 months ago

How sweet

lesmckeown
lesmckeown
5 years 4 months ago

Tree. Seed. Fall. Not far from.

M_Koehler
M_Koehler
5 years 4 months ago

@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
DrLori71
5 years 4 months ago

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!

Griddy
5 years 4 months ago

@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 😉

ginidietrich (Gini Dietrich)
5 years 4 months ago

There isn’t anything more transparent than publishing a guest post from your mom http://bit.ly/dK1i1G

PatrickStrother
PatrickStrother
5 years 4 months ago

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.

DennisKBaker (Dennis Baker)
5 years 4 months ago

RT @ginidietrich: There isn’t anything more transparent than publishing a guest post from your mom http://bit.ly/dK1i1G

MimiMeredith
MimiMeredith
5 years 4 months ago

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
DianeRayfield
5 years 4 months ago

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

JamesDBurrell2
5 years 4 months ago
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… Read more »
ginidietrich (Gini Dietrich)
5 years 4 months ago

The @spinsucks guest blogger today is MY MOM!! http://bit.ly/dK1i1G

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