I hope my own mom had a restful sleep and wakes up to the bright day feeling happy and at peace with the world. Everything I am, I owe to her thoughtful and patient presence. Both she and my dad worked hard all their lives to make sure my brother and I had everything we needed, but always kept us in check and taught us to appreciate what we had, not to be excessive and to enjoy each day fully. We were taught by example and allowed to make some mistakes, always with their loving support in the background.
My mother has been blessed with a generous, loving spirit; an eternal optimist she is always able to present a positive facade, even when things are difficult. She is able to handle challenging transitions gracefully and make the best of what she has been given. I hope I will be able to navigate life in such a manner, but she is a tough act to follow.
She taught me how to knit and sew with incredible patience, often interrupting her own work when I was young to correct a mistake I had made and get me back on track. From her I inherited my love of learning, reading, travel, the outdoors and family.
When W was younger and I was sick she'd drop everything to come stay with us and take care of everyone, putting her own busy life on hold. She knew how important it was to me to have the stability of routine and made sure that things were kept as normal as possible. Though the circumstances weren't the best, it was wonderful having her here and being able to spend the time together,memories I'll always treasure.
Even though we won't be together today, I wish her every happiness and a day filled with love. We will set aside a special day in the near future to get together to celebrate Mother's day, something to look forward to. (Most holidays are "floating holidays" in our family due to my parents' busy schedules). Happy Mother's Day, Mom, and thanks for everything you have done for me. I love you!