My mom had me when she was very young, I always joke with her that she and I grew up together, when in reality she was forced to grow up the day I was born, I am one of the lucky ones who still have their mother and I don't take this lightly, Happy Mothers day Mom.
Mom had three children when my Dad left her to basically raise us on her own, I didn't realize it then but now I can see how hard life was for her, I could say "hard for us" but she made sure that we never suffered.
I remember fried egg sandwiches for supper or just a pot of grits for breakfast, polk salad, have you ever eaten polk salad? I remember it growing wild in the ditch and on the back of the property we lived on, a lot of times this was supper.
My point is that Moms do what they have to so we won't go hungry.
I clearly remember asking Mom why she wasn't eating with us, she always said that she wasn't hungry and would eat later, looking back now I know she didn't eat so we could, Mom did it, she starved herself so we wouldn't.
All Moms sacrifice in one way or another and most times we don't even know they are doing it.
My Mom raised us all to be respectful and we all grew up just fine, she still takes care of us when needed and we take care of her when she will allow it, I know that I wouldn't be here nor the person I am without her. I Love you Mom.
The first time I met Cindy's Mom, we were in the process of moving in together, we had already discussed marriage but hadn't let the cat out of the bag yet.
The first thing Cindy's Mom ever said to me was "Do you have any intention of making an honest woman of my daughter" I'll never forget the look on her face and I love that she was so forward with the fact that her daughters happiness was very important to her. I Love you Mom.
About the last thing Cindys Mom ever said to me was when she was laying on the hospital bed hospice had brought into the house, I was standing next to the bed talking with her when suddenly she closed her eyes and let her head fall to the side, I was startled and said "Mom" she opened her eyes and looked straight at me and yelled "Boo, Gotcha" she laughed about that and I laughed with her.
We lost Cindy's Mom back in 2011, she was actually holding Cindys hand as she took her last breath, but she is not gone, we still celebrate her memory and love her for the determination she had to keep her children safe, I know she made sacrifices for her children and taught them right from wrong because I see her mannerisms in Cindy, and I know Cindy is a wonderful Mom because she was raised right and taught well, I Love Cindys mom for who she was and for passing that down to Cindy, and I Love Cindy for who she is exactly how she is.
For all the Moms out there I want to wish you a Happy Mothers day, for those of us who still have our Moms give them a hug or a call and tell them that you Love them.
This also goes for you who were raised by someone other than your biological Mom.
Grandmothers, Sisters, Aunts, Cousins, Foster, Adoptive, Step or whomever, whether blood relative or not they are still your Mom, they love you like their own otherwise they wouldn't have helped to raise you. Happy Mothers Day to you.
They say it takes a village to raise a child and I believe this wholeheartedly, think of how many children you have come into contact with, no matter how much time you have spent with this child, part of you goes with them, advice, a suggestion, a hug, a smile, or simply the acknowledgement that they are there can be remembered for a lifetime, whether you have children or not, you have helped raise more than you realize. Happy Mothers day to you.
And for those who have lost their Mother, think back and remember the happy times, remember how much she loved you and the things she did to make you laugh, tell her you Love her whether out loud or in thought, as long as you remember her she is never really gone.
Happy Mothers Day Ladies, without your love we would all be lost.
How do you celebrate Mothers Day?