I try not to get too personal over here in my little corner of the internet, but today I'm going to talk about someone who is very personal to me. Today marks a very special day in the life of one of my most special people. Today is my Mom's birthday. There is something special about the mother-daughter bond. It's why so many girls would describe their own mother as the best ever. That is certainly how I feel about my mother, she is the best mother.
She lead by example teaching me how very important is is to be kind, to be thoughtful, to be gracious, to be loving, to be caring, to be selfless, to be thankful, to be honest, and to be hard working. She taught me what it means to truly love someone unconditionally.
She taught me how to smile no matter what life throws at you, and know that tomorrow will bring new promises and hope when you feel down. She taught me to value myself, to surround myself with like minded people, and to know when it's time to cut ties when someone isn't good for you.
She taught me to honor my commitments and to keep my promises. She made me value education, perseverance, and personal values. She raised me to be a strong, independent, free thinking woman. I like to think I make her proud, as I endeavor to each and every day.
You may not know this about me, about us, and why our bond,I feel, is stronger than most. I was raised by a single mother, my father has been completely absentee from my life since I was two years old. We have no relationship what so ever, and I don't want to make this about him, because it absolutely is not. I have had one parent, but as far as striking it lucky goes, if one could win the Mom lottery, then I am incredibly rich.
As the years progress, I find more each day how fortunate I am to have this amazing woman to call Mom. As I get older, and I begin contemplating what life will be like when someone calls me Mom (the thought both excites and terrifies me) I know I can and I will because I have had the best example. It also makes me realize how very hard her life has been, being the singular provider, teacher, parent, and role model for me. I can't begin to imagine how hard it must have been for her to smile on those hard days, when I'm sure she was scared to death, raising a child on her own. She never let it show.
She has been my loudest cheerleader and she always believes in me, even when I don't believe in myself. I know she has many more lessons to teach me as the years continue to roll on, and each day I value our relationship more than the day that has past.
As we look towards the future, I just want you to know Mom, I love you. It feels like such an inadequately simple phrase to express how very much I care for you. My life is blessed because you are in it. Everything I am and will be, I owe to you. You're the best. I hope the year to come is one of your very best yet!