A Portrait of My Mom

I know that I’m a day late here, but in honor of Mother’s Day I wanted to write a post specifically dedicated to her. And in doing so I hope to paint a picture for you, of just how incredible a mom she is.

Me and my mom have always been close. I’m lucky enough to be able to tell her virtually everything and anything. I know that my confessions will be met with unconditional love and without judgment. Not only do I look like her (we’re often asked if we’re twins!), but a good 90% of my personality comes from her as well.

My memories of her from back when I was little are all filled with happiness. From sitting on her lap for stories to being tucked into bed at night. She’s always been there for me, through the many ups and downs, the good and the bad. And she never lets me forget how loved I am.

After my first eye surgery when I was four I was prescribed these eye drops in a container with a red lid. After the first time I had been given them (pre surgery) I was in no way quick to forget that they were painful (to a four-year old it was a big deal). My reward for putting them in was to be able to go outside the motor home and over to the beach, but even that wasn’t enough for me to agree. So, to show me that it would be okay she put them in first. After that I finally conceded and we got to enjoy the beautiful day waiting for us outside. Thanks for the reassurance mom, good thing they were only dilating drops!

That’s the kind of mom she’s always been. Someone who will go to any lengths and do whatever it takes for her children. I can’t even begin to imagine facing all of the surgeries and health scares without her. She’s been what’s kept me going, and I am thankful for that every single day.

My mom is a sensitive person. She has a kindness and empathy ensuring that when you hurt, she hurts just as badly because that’s how much she cares about you. I think that if more people were like her the world would be a much better place. We’d know how to treat each other properly, we’d know how to be there for each other, and we’d never have to feel alone.

I know that we’re supposed to say this, but to me I can’t picture a better mom out there. If I end up being even half the mom she is then I’ll know that I’m doing well.

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”  -Washington Irving

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