My love!, today is your 44th Birthday (don’t worry, no one really reads this blog so your secret is safe) and to be honest is another day to celebrate the greatest Mom in the world. I know a lot of people say they have the great mom, but I truly believe that Hendrix, Mitchel, Elfrida, Erica and My Dad have been blessed with the worlds greatest mom.
Don’t believe me, well let me give you some reasons why you are so great:
From the first day I can remember you have always said you love me and you are proud of me. No matter what I did, how well I did it, or even if I did anything at all, you were there to tell me that you loved me and that you were proud of me.
You have always been more concerned about us even if it cost you sleep. From late night adventures to early morning lunch packing, you always made sure that we were taken care of even if you had to stay up late at night or get up early. I always knew that no matter what time I came home at night you would wake up to make sure that I was safe and alive.
I read a book the other day. It was about a woman living in Africa who noticed that Nigeria children were better behaved than american children. it had to do, she discovered, that the Nigerian mothers, with their high standards for patience and manners in their children, and with the way they taught their children by example how to behave politely, maturely, and, above all, with sophistication. the author was somewhat enchanted by the idea that parents might not exist to spoil their kids or raise “the best,” but to teach their kids to be well-behaved and self-reliant, and in the process, to allow themselves a rich life both in and outside of motherhood.
At one point in the book i started smiling and didn’t stop until the last page. i couldn’t help myself. apparently I was convinced that you knew the best environment for me to grow in. Growing up i knew you were something special. i could tell by how you dressed, how you gave attention to others, and how you cultivated yourself as a priority in the middle of raising us girls. i knew there was more to you than “just mom.” and because of it i knew that when you wanted something of me, it was something worth giving. what you expected from me was something worth living up to.
From a young age you taught us about Jesus, you taught us how to speak, and you taught us how to love. Never forgetting that you were a Mom, you would come home from long 10 hour days at work to help us with our homework or just plain listen to us complain. But you always were there to teach us how to live, and that was best done by the example you showed us each and every day.
I have always said that if I am 30 and not married I am adopting. Why? Because I want to be a Dad. Truthfully I have always wanted to be a Dad (and wanted to find a women to marry so I can be a dad, but I am working on that one first don’t worry). I think some are afraid of being a parent, not me. I know it is not easy, but your example has shown me what it means to be a parent. You have taught me about patience, about discipline, and about how to unconditionally love. I cannot wait to be a parent and try to be half as good of a parent as you.
You kept your children safe. And yes, you raised your voice sometimes. But those moments were borne out of a place of love and were always motivated for fear of your families safety.
You gave us the opportunity to travel. To live in an urban environment and a rural one. You kept me in school. You taught me every life-skill that you possibly could in order to prepare me for this mean world. Although born wise, your wisdom has grown exponentially in the past few years.
You often take opportunity to tell me how proud you are of me. How lucky you think you are to have me as a son. You also tell me that you believe in me and my abilities all of the time. And recently I started to believe you. I think if you said it because you “have to say it” that you probably would have stopped long ago.
Well Mom! You know something? I am who I am thanks to you. I know how to cook, clean, launder,communicate, bank, learn, and function in social situations because of you. And I would quite literally be nothing without you.
Happy Birthday To you Mum
warm birthday wishes to
my comfort zone,
my lap safety from the world,
my arms to drive the sorrows away,
my shopping partner, (lol)
my partner in crime,
the older i get
I appreciate you
as my mom
and all the rest
you are to me
your strength and resilience inspire me,
you are constantly evolving in each phase of your life,
still challenging yourself to be the best person you can be.
For that and much much more I cherish you and your soul everyday.
Thanks mom for giving me someone to look up to.
I LOVE YOU MOM
THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME A REAL-LIFE HERO
a happy birthday to
the best, most beautiful woman
I know…praying that our bond
only gets stronger with each passing
year as it has so far…
may you continue to smile and be an important
part of my life for many many many
birthdays to come
with lots of love, hugs, kisses, and prayers,
Other people think that they have the best Mom in the world. They are mistaken. There is only you. May this be your happiest birthday yet!
Because we could not be blessed with a mother better then you.