We met one day in late August 1968, when you were twenty-three years old. My understanding is that it was a physically difficult introduction on your end...but emotionally joyous nonetheless. Your love, encouragement, support and guidance have woven a constant thread through my life for as long as I can remember. When I was sick, you took care of me. When I was scared, you comforted me. When I was confused, you listened without judgment, criticism or unwanted opinion. You have been my loudest and most consistent cheerleader.
I am certain we had our share of bumps in my adolescence, although none come to mind at this point in my life. At that time I may have felt you were intrusive, but in looking back I realize you took the job of protecting me very seriously. I appreciate that. You saw things I couldn't, you tried your best to protect me from harm, especially when I was my own worst enemy.
Your counsel proved invaluable as I navigated parenthood at eighteen. It was your belief that allowed me to blossom into the role of a lifetime. All the while your quiet, yet constant, assistance, love, optimism and trust have helped me to develop into the woman I have become.
Ralph Waldo Emerson is quoted as saying, "What lies before us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." What lies within me is the strength, courage, faith,determination, love, support, and grace of a wonderful mother who has been incredibly instrumental in where I am today.
Thank you seems so inadequate in comparison to all you've given to me Mom. The best way I know to show you how much your mothering has meant to my life's journey is to do my best to give the same qualities to my own daughter.
I love you so very much Mom and, God-willing, we'll spend many more Mother's Days together!