Mother’s Day is right on the horizon. We’ve been preemptively celebrating this entire week by featuring our favorite mother-daughter teams, and kicked off our Love Notes series on Monday with CEO Gregg Renfrew and her young daughters Phebe and Georgie.
We followed that sweet interview with Beautycounter’s Head of Merchandising and Product Development (and resident comedic relief) Blair Lawson and her mom Anna, and yesterday featured Gina Murphy, our Head of Sales and her daughter Caroline. Today, we have Beautycounter Consultant Jill Wright (a nutritionist by trade) and her daughter Libby. Read on to see why these two peas in a pod make an awesome pair.
Jill Asks Libby
Jill – What is your favorite memory of us?
Libby – Most of my favorite memories surround celebrating our birthdays together (they are one day apart). I always feel very close to you when we spend those two days together. One time in particular, when we were at Alys beach, we stayed up until midnight together waiting for my birthday to become yours.
J – What’s the first word that pops into your mind when I say the word “mother”?
L – I don’t think there is one word out there that I could use to describe how I feel about you.
J – Do you remember any words of advice that stuck?
L – You always just told me to be myself. We think a lot alike and whenever I thought differently from my peers, you would urge me to be myself and not let what others were doing change what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be.
J – In what ways do you think we’re similar?
L – A list of how similar we are would be 5 pages long. We think alike, we act alike, we look alike, there are few ways in which we are different.
J – In what ways do you think we’re different?
L – One of the ways I do think we are different is that I am a bit more stubborn and competitive, which I get from dad. Also you are a lot better at communicating your thoughts.
J – What is my best quality?
L – You are very understanding and caring. You always put a lot of emphasis on my health, which I took for granted as a child but now am very thankful for.
J – What is the best thing that I’ve cooked for you?
L – SOLE! You’re lemon butter sole is one of my favorite meals.
Libby to Jill
Libby – What pregnancy cravings did you have?
Jill – Watermelon! I could not get enough. I wish I could say the same with your sister, except that time around it was Krispie Kream doughnuts. Oh well!
L – Did you have any other names in mind when you were naming me? Why did you settle on my name?
J – There were a couple of considerations, but nothing too serious. Your father kept vetoing every thing we suggested (your grandmother and aunts were very vocal about the matter). Elizabeth is a family name on both sides and it just felt right! We decided to go ahead and give you a nick-name since we live in the south and Elizabeth can morph into all kinds of craziness. Your Aunt Kelly’s sister-in-law and dear friend Libby is one of the nicest ladies I have ever met and once your daddy met her we just new we wanted to call you Libby.
L – What is your favorite memory of us together?
J – This is a hard one. I have so many wonderful memories and they just keep getting better, but I find myself thinking of you as a toddler more than anything. More so since you left for college. I know you joke about being the oldest and how everything is an experiment with you, but you and I did everything together for 3 1/2 years and although you probably don’t remember those moments, they are very special to me!
L – What is your hope for me?
J – My hope for you is that you find your happy place in this world, that you find bone-deep love, and that you settle down close to home. I guess the third one is a selfish hope for me.
L – What’s the best part of being a mom?
J – It is so hard to put into words the overwhelming sense of possessiveness I think only a mom has for her children. And with that same emotion is this reality that your job is to teach and guide them to become self-sufficient and leave the nest. It is so contradictory, yet so beautiful. And I have to add, I secretly love that quiet time just before bed when only mom will do.
L – What is the hardest part of being a mom?
J – The hardest part about being a mom is wanting to warn you of the mistakes I (may) have made, but knowing that you need to make them anyway.
L – What does beauty mean to you?
J – I truly believe that when we take care of our inner self our outer self radiates beauty. But it is more a feeling to me than a visual. I recently read a quote that said “There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me that is the true essence of beauty.” I thought of you when I read that!
L – What kind of women do you envision me becoming?
J – I have sensed since you were 2 years old that you would grow to be a strong, confident, and intriguing woman and you are all of those things and more.
L – What’s on your mother’s day wish list?
J – The same as usual…a family day planting the garden. And no cooking!
L – Is there anything that you wish you had done differently?
J – No, there is nothing gained by wishing I had done things differently. I really do wake up every day grateful and prepared to make the most of the day. Well, having said that, maybe we shouldn’t have wrapped you up in a cocoon so the doctor could put stitches in your chin. I did think it was a good idea at the time. I am sorry that it traumatized you!