She is beautiful, smart, sassy, and funny. She makes me laugh. She makes me cry. She frustrates me. she challenges me, she pushes my buttons. She supports me. She believes in me when I don't believe in myself. She taught me the true meaning of unconditional love. She is fiercely protective and may God have mercy on your soul if you mess with her family. She is the first person I call with good news and with bad. She makes my world a little better...She makes me a little better. She is my mother, my best friend.
My parent's were super young when they had my brother and me. In a way, we all kind of grew up together. I'm sure it wasn't always pretty but it was always fun. I know how much they sacrificed for us and have never met two people more selfless. I watched both of my parents work their asses off to give my brother and I the best life possible. One thing that I didn't see was them struggle. Money was tight and they went without a lot so Bubba and I had everything we always needed. I didn't even realize this until I was older. They never once complained about it. They taught me that that the world would provide me with nothing, I had to work for everything I had. I didn't appreciate it then but establishing a work ethic was one of the greatest tools for success that they could have ever bestowed upon me.
I watched my mom raise my brother and me and then in an instance it switched to her becoming the care giver for her parent's. She put her life on hold to insure that they were always taken care of. I watched her become a fighter, an advocate, a warrior. She only did for her parents what they would have done for her. Good parents are not a coincidence. Good parents are raised by good parents. So, for all the things in life I am unsure of, I know that parenthood is one thing I will not fail at.
I have watched as she has lived every parent's worse nightmare. No parent should ever have to bury a child. She has navigated those waters with poise and strength and has been the glue that has kept our family together. Sometimes I am in disbelief of just how strong she is. I know that every Mother's Day that comes around is a little bittersweet because she is reminded of what she has lost.
So on this Mother's Day, I want to just take a minute to tell my Mom how much I love her and appreciate her. I don't say enough, how amazing you are and how blessed I am to have you in my life. Thank you for being you and being the best Mom ever!
I love you the most, Momma!
Ladies and Gentlemen....A mere example of my awesome childhood.