Moments With Mom

A variety of pictures of mothers and daughters with the quote, "All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." - Abe Lincoln

Mom – the three letter word that means so much.  On Sunday, May 13th, we celebrate, YOU!    For many of us, we wouldn’t be the people we are today, without the guidance, support and unconditional love that our moms have given us.  So, on this much deserved special day of the year – we want to thank you, honor you and show you how truly wonderful you are.

It’s so true when you hear that moms are multi-taskers, jacks of all trades . . . “superheroes”.  They are cooks, educators, therapists, taxi drivers, queens of the carpools and even, nurses.  Who knew that one person could be so much, do so much and do it so well?  How and why, you ask?  Well, being a mom is a cycle.  If you had a mom or mom-figure in your life who was a great role model – then you were lucky enough to have the best training out there.  Being a mom and having a mom is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

At Cato, we have thoroughly enjoyed outfitting many of the moms out there and seeing the comments from our loyal mothers and daughters who have been regular customers throughout the years.   As a result, we wanted to take this opportunity to share stories of some Cato associates and customers and how their moms helped them become the confident women they are today.

 

Confidence Builders

A proud mother standing next to her adult daughter in a graduation cap and gown holding flowers. Captioned, "Ludia A. Fort Worth, TX"

“I used to be such a shy little girl! So shy that I couldn’t participate in class because my stomach would knot up so bad! My mother always told me this, until it just stuck and I broke out of that shell “Mija, you are going to do amazing things in life, you have it in you, don’t feel scared, don’t feel shy, go out there and shine. Show us that no matter the things going on and the bad days you have, put on the biggest smile for the world, for yourself, and you will see that it will humble you so that that shy scared girl, will fade away.” Mama was right! I love my Mama more than words can describe!”

An older image of a happy young mother and her toddler smiling at the camera. Captioned, "Janice C. Lakeland, FL"

“My Mom always told me, never to let anyone ever make me feel like I was not good enough & that family was always important! This is my mother & me years (and years) ago! She has always been my best supporter.”

A mother and her adult daughter in beautiful dresses are happily smiling at the camera. Captioned, "Dameshia A. St. Louis, MO"

My mom always says ‘No matter what anyone else thinks or says you are beautiful inside and out and keep believing in yourself you will make it through.'”

A beautiful mother and her adult daughter standing outside smiling happily at the camera. Captioned, "Lauren B. Ecommerce Product Coordinatior

My Mom taught me what it means to be an independent woman. At 3 years old, my father passed away, leaving behind his beloved wife and three young children.  We needed a hero, so that’s what she became.  Through this adversity, my Mom proved to us all just how brave of a woman she truly is. My Mom is a breathtaking mosaic of the battles she’s won. I have learned so much from my Mom, but most of all to be brave, to be confident, and to be HAPPY.  To be strong, to be beautiful, and to be ME.

Three generations in one photo, grandmother, mother and her young daughter sitting together all smiling at the camera. Captioned, "Erica G. Ecommerce Copywriter"

My mom – let’s just first say that she’s always had amazing style.  As a little girl, I was always dressed in cute clothes, with matching hair bows – to boot.  Now that I’m older and have a little girl, myself, I strive to be the mom that my mom was to me – supportive, attentive and always – loving.  No matter how old we get, I think when you have a great mom, you will always lean on her and go to her when you need to talk – about the good and bad.  About 5 years ago, my life took a bit of a detour.  When I thought I hit rock bottom, my mom dropped everything, flew in and was right beside me – pushing me to get up, get dressed and move forward.  She put on her “tough love” hat and gave me some solid, much-needed advice. She reminded me that life happens and, regardless of how things turn out, you have to keep moving forward – not only for myself, but for my kids, as well.  Kids need to know that not everything is rainbows and butterflies and you have to have the strength to get through the storms, as well.  My mom gave me that confidence I needed to see the big picture and keep moving forward.

A Mother and her adult daughter sitting at a table for a nice dinner dressed up and smiling beautifully at the camera.  Captioned, "Kerry H. Marketing Manager"

I am a firm believer in the saying, “not all heroes wear capes” and my mother is the woman who made me believe this. A mother of three who made each child feel individually special in their own way. She allowed us to “be ourselves”, picked us up when we were down, told us to dust it off and get back up, helped put on makeup, teach us about heartbreaks and happily ever afters – but the most important piece of advice she gave me was to never give up, and to always have fun. Who would have thought I would be giving her the same advice 30 years later. Life isn’t always easy and that’s why we have moms – to make those hard times not as hard and those good times that much better. No matter what life throws at us I know I will never give up and I will always make the best out of any situation, why? Because my mom told me so.

Mom’s The Word

Not only on Mother’s Day, but every day, we hope you continue to remember how much meaning that three letter word actually holds.   Confidence often comes from within, but it is also taught and when you have a great teacher . . . the rest just falls into place.  And, feeling good and looking good always helps, too. We’d love to hear your story. Share with us below.  #catoconfident

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