“That’s what grandmas are for”

Happy Mother’s Day to grandmothers everywhere!

I love the way Michelle Obama toasted her mom, who moved into the White House to help raise her granddaughters, at a Mother’s Day Tea in 2014.

Here’s what she said:

“Now, moms, grandmas, the one thing you have to understand about this woman—first of all, she never comes to anything. She’s like, ‘No, I don’t want to, I’m not going.’”

“But she comes to this event every year, and that is a special statement from her. But it gives me an opportunity once a year to embarrass her by publicly stating how much my mom has meant to me in this realm of service that we’re doing here at the White House.”

“There is no way I would be standing up straight on my feet if it weren’t for my mom, who is always there to look after our girls, to love them and to be mad at me when I’m disciplining them—which I still don’t get. Same rules that we had. When they work in my house, she’s like, ‘Why are you so mean?’”

“But that’s what grandmas are for. That’s what she reminds me—oh, yeah.”

“But especially, she’s been that shoulder for me to lean on. I can always go up to her room and cry, complain, argue, and she just says, ‘Go on back down there and do what you’re supposed to do.’”

“So if my mom reflects the love and support that the moms here have given to their families, then we’re in a good space here.”

“So, Mom, I love you.”

“And thank you.”