Kirstan Knowlton: Mother’s Day

Mothers are often called the unsung heroes, and there is good reason why. Each and everyday they give it their all, from sun up to sun down, and sometimes even the hours in between.
As many of you know, I’ve been blessed to have many wonderful women role models in my life. From the mother who raised me, my biological mother, to my friend’s mothers who treated me like their own, I’ve been fortunate to know them all. But there’s one woman who I haven’t mentioned: My future mother-in-law, Kris Davis.
It’s no secret that at first I was a little leery of her, but that’s because I had only encountered her when it came to paying things like my water bill and car registration, and we all know that’s no fun.
Even though we quickly warmed up to one another, I’ll never forget what she said to me when I first started dating her daughter. She warned me not to break her heart, or else. "Yes ma’am," I thought to myself.
This woman means business.
But it didn’t take long for Kris and I to become friends, and then family. She instantly welcomed my son into her life, and routinely likes to show off photos of him to her co-worker. GiGi, as we affectionately call her, has become an important part of our lives.
When Jamie and I started planning our wedding, we couldn’t think of a better to person to marry us than her mother. We were thrilled when she gladly accepted our invitation, and she quickly went to work getting her license.
It will certainly be a special moment for all us when we finally get to say “I Do.”
Over the past two years that I’ve gotten to know Kris, I’ve noticed a few things about her. She’s incredibly loving and patient, but takes no grief from anyone.
She’s taught me to be confident and self-assured, and serves as a wonderful role model of how to balance love for others and love for self.
So thank you, Kris. Thank you for welcoming me into your family, for accepting my son as your own, and for your wonderful example of what it means to be strong woman.
This weekend, take a moment to thank the women in your lives who have helped shaped you into the person you are today. All too often we forget to acknowledge others for their contributions, but trust me they really need to hear it.
As always, I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend. Last weekend’s weather ended up being better than I thought, so maybe this weekend will be the same!
Kirstan Knowlton writes a weekly column for The Berlin Daily Sun. Her inspiration comes from events and people in the community who continue to work hard to make the North Country one of the best places to live. You can contact Kirstan by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..