“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln
During this time of Mother’s Day, I try to take pause to remember how truly special my mother was to me growing up, contributing to who I am as a person and the meaning of unconditional love. She taught me to always think of others’ needs before thinking of myself. Unfortunately her pupil, her son has continued to fall short of this standard, but she sure set my internal compass to keep trying.
She had such a sunny disposition, and her greeting to everyone was “Happy Day.” Even one of my teachers growing up, who had a senior moment and could not remember my mother’s name, called her “Smiley.” In my childhood home right inside the kitchen door was a small chalkboard hung on the wall that said, “A kind word turns away wrath.” I try to remember this during times of strife with others. Even with her passing almost 14 years ago, she remains a big part of me and although my words could not express how grateful I am to her, I hope she can feel content in all she accomplished here on Earth.
For those of you who still have your mother with you, please take the opportunity while you still can and give her a big hug and tell her you love her very much.