Mother’s Day

I want to wish all moms a very happy Mother’s Day today.  I also want to take a little time to tout my mom, who in all likelihood, will never read this!

My mom is a strong woman.  I know that most moms, heck most women, are strong.  But mine I think is stronger than most.  Granted, I’m biased and will admit that up front.  She is someone who went the extra mile for her kids.

I am one of two boys (that she had…my step dad has two of his own, but that’s not relevant at this point), and the oldest of those two.  My younger brother came along almost 2 1/2 years after I did.  The first two years of his life were normal, but shortly after his second birthday, he came down with spinal meningitis of the viral sort.  This  was back in late 1975.  He was in the hospital for 3 months fighting this, and for much of that time it appeared that he would lose the fight.

My mom never gave up hope, though.  He did pull through.  Life was very different for us all, though.  Thanks to that wretched illness, he was now a quadriplegic.  This post isn’t about him, though.  I could write all sorts of things about him, but that will come later I’m sure.  My mom turned into his biggest champion and taught him how to advocate for himself in later years.  She was always looking out for his (and my) best interests.

I’ve seen her give herself to the people that she loves over the past 40 plus years.  I will admit that at times, we have taken it for granted.  But, today, I appreciate it more than ever.

My brother passed away a bit over 14 years ago, and my step dad, her husband of nearly 33 years passed away about 2 months ago.  I am truly hoping that in this next stage of her life she is finally able to take time for herself.  Not that she hasn’t done that over the years.  She did go to Alaska to work in the schools there for a school year, and she served as a missionary in China for 3 months.  So, she has had that balance.  But, now it is her time to truly do whatever she wants and I hope she takes advantage of that.

I love you mom.  Happy Mother’s Day.


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