Not Mother of the Year

Kristen Marks

by Kristen Marks

Kristen Marks is a travel enthusiast, empty-nest mom to two young adult children, athlete, attorney, author, speaker, proud wife of almost three decades (to the same wonderful man!), and the founder of My Pink Lawyer®, Florida Estate & Legacy Planning attorneys. Kristen has been crafting professional estate plans for Floridians and their families for over 28 years.

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Greetings from snowy Denver!


I’ve spent the past week with my daughter helping her around the house as she recuperates from knee surgery to repair her torn ACL and MCL two weeks ago.


Jill is still in a fully extended leg brace and unable to drive herself to her PT appointments or anywhere else for that matter. She returns to the doctor tomorrow and will hopefully be cleared to begin driving short distances again soon.


My son will be tag-teaming my visit to Denver tomorrow to assist his sister for another five days.


Ski patrol to the rescue


To say that I will not win mother of the year is an understatement.


When my son broke his knee playing soccer in the fifth grade, I bought him an Ace bandage and sent him off limping to school for an entire week before my husband finally convinced me to take him for an X-ray.


When my daughter broke her finger following a tussle in elementary school with her brother, it was my husband who checked her out of school behind my back to get her an X-ray.


Another time on a college tour road trip, I made my then 15-year old son who only had his driver’s permit at the time, drive home in Atlanta traffic during rush hour after I accidently took a Benadryl mistaking it for a Sudafed in my suitcase. I was so sleepy I had a take a “quick” nap. I awoke 90 minutes later to see my white-knuckled son grasping the steering wheel in a death grip as he kept pace in 70+ mile per hour traffic.


Not my best mommy moments. But hopefully I’ve redeemed myself a little this past week.


Besides being the chauffeur, chef, housekeeper, and errand girl, I hopefully provided a bit of company to my waylaid daughter. But I think she’s ready for some company from her contemporaries which my son and her friends will no doubt provide without their mother hovering nearby.


And, after a week of binge-watching “Brothers and Sisters” on Hulu, my tv-mushy brain is ready to trade itself in for its intellectual side again helping my clients plan their estates to save their loved ones time, money, and future headaches.


Plus, as much as I enjoy seeing snow, I won’t miss shoveling out the driveway!


Kristen “Not Mother of the Year” Marks


P.S. My daughter was featured this week on a new podcast on Spotify in which she shares her recent injury experience on “Humble Mountain.”


P.P.S. Now scheduling new review and initial estate planning consultations! 850-439-1191


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