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The OlomoMAMAs of 2017

Last week we asked Olomomo fans to tell us how their mothers were nutty, good, and adventurous, all of the characteristics of the monkey god, Olomomo. Some of the stories made us laugh, some of them tugged at our heart strings, but all of them made us feel proud to be part of a community of people who love living life to the fullest every day. We  are sharing these stories with you in hopes that these amazing women inspire you to just go for it today!

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My favorite nutty company's motto is "be nutty, be good, be adventurous" and that is why I'm convinced that my mother is a perfect Olomama: nutty, good, and adventurous!

If asking me to accompany her on a 34 day cruise around Europe isn't both nutty and adventurous, I don't know what is! Together we have braved hole-in-the-wall Irish pubs filled with locals belting folk tunes and spilling beer, we've camped overnight in front of NBC Studios for Jimmy Fallon tickets, we've attended 10 Broadway shows in 7 days, we've walked the stairs of the Eiffle Tower, and we've eaten our way through Portland. Together we've built habitats for humanity, fundraised for arts, and walked for causes. Whether it's nearby or far away, it's always an adventure with her and she constantly inspires me to do good in the world. Such a wonderful best friend she is - little bit nutty, always good, and makes anything an adventure - my Olomama
Z.H.

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My mom is strong , loving, and someone I can count on to always be there through thick and thin. 
K.J.

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Full disclosure: My mother is no longer with us. She would be the first to say that that should not disqualify her!

My mother gave birth to 10 children over a 20 year period. If that doesn't make her nutty, I don't know what does. She was 47 years old when she had me, her youngest. If that doesn't make her adventurous, I don't know what does. I never remember my mother putting her needs above those of her children. If that doesn't make her good, I don't know what does.

Even so, my mom taught me to stand up for myself. She was fond of the term "fight your own battles", employing it one day when the neighbor boy had thrown a rock at me and I ran in to cry to her about it. She sent me right back out. Nevertheless she was fiercely protective of us all as well. I'll never forget (and neither will my husband) the night she stood on the back steps waiting for him to bring me home late when we first began dating. Never again were we late.

My mom had Sunday dinners in which everyone was invited. All of her children, her children's friends, spouses or simply neighborhood kids like the one who threw the rock. When I was newly married she continued to make me meals on Mondays when I worked to help ease the transition from her home to mine.

She commanded loyalty from her kids and would not tolerate any of us forgetting Mother's Day or her birthday! This went especially for the boys, of which she had five. We all fully expected this to continue after her death and would joke that she would hound us from the grave! On that note, I had a sweet sign from her one year when I came across the last card she had given me while rummaging through things in my basement. It was a Christmas card signed in her shaky 87 year old hand, still containing the $10.00 she had given me. I quickly realized the date. It was the 10 year anniversary of her death December 18th, making sure I didn't forget.

My mom had dementia for years before she died. She had not communicated soundly for some time. I'll always remember one lasting moment near the end of her life. I had brought her granddaughter to see her who was just beginning to date. I asked my mom if she had any advice to give her. In a moment of lucidity, she looked at her granddaughter and said clearly "Don't date any cowards."

Sound advice.

On a final note: My mom loved writing. She loved entering and winning contests and incidently she loved almonds! It is for these reasons I decided to go for it and enter this contest.

Mom, this is for you. Happy Mother's Day.
L.R.

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I am so excited about this opportunity to brag!  My Mom (Debbie) is all of the characteristics of Olomomo in her own amazing way.  She is my best friend and my role model as a mother.  This picture is the epitomy of how amazing she is as a mother to us and as a grandmother to my three kiddos. 

She is ever opening their world up through books.  She makes sure to be nutty with the kids by always making funny faces, letting them do her hair, & feeding them pancakes with nut butters for breakfast treats.  She is good!  She is a volunteer in many ways by taking homecooked meals to the elderly and/or sick, she works with a local cancer center to give goodie bags (always with nuts in them too) to people undergoing chemo, & she's even known as the squirrel lady because of all of the little ones she's saved and re-released.  She is adventurous!  She lives in the country and is always taking my kids on adventures through the woods to find little treasures in nature.  She did all of these things when my siblings and I were kids too and I am forever grateful for her, her sacrifices, and her wisdom.
J.S

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My mom is 84 and has the best attitude towards life and a fantastic sense of humor that I enjoy daily.  She has the biggest heart towards feral cats and loves animals. Since I was little my mom always praised me and told me whatever I wanted to do or be that she had faith in me and believed sky was and is the limit. She has always been there for me and believed in my potential to succeed.
C.C.

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This is my sister...Lori Bagley, with her son, Noah, and husband, Phillip. She is GOOD, and a lil nutty! She's ultra-quick with the one-liner jokes, and sooo easy-going and self-less. She is very flexible like a monkey, and seems to have endless amounts of energy.

Her only son, Noah, has Asperger's. He's 20 now, works a p-t job and goes p-t to college. She has spent her life devoted to (her sons) education as his tutor, and also to show him basic life skills. 

Before my brother died, he taught Noah drums since he was 3. (Noah) was in school marching band and currently in FUPE (a drumline percussion group). Lori volunteers for every fundraiser, she shows up to every single competition, and often ends up physically helping to set up equipment.

Because of this, Lori is always working.

I buy lil things to help their life. Healthy things. And I thought she and her family would appreciate the good snacks.

I love 'em, so I thought she would, too. 
A.S.

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From all of us at Olomomo...Thank you to everyone who shared their OlomoMOTHER's day story with us.

Be Nutty, Be Good, Be Adventurous! 

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