Happy Mother’s Day!

Thank you Mama, for every thing you have done for me over the past 3 decades of my life. Your words and actions have influenced mine in so many ways, that I could not possible enumerate them.

Happy Mother's Day - My mother and I - 1979From you, I learned how to tend a garden, paint a room without slopping paint on the floor or trim, wield a hammer and do laundry. I learned how to mix the flour and seasonings for fried chicken “until it looks right” and I learned never to leave wooden spoons in soapy water.

I learned how to crochet, to cast on for knitting, to sew and make clothes for myself and my children. I learned how to match colors, write excellent letters, jump start a car, rescue a scared kitty from a tree, rake leaves and mow a lawn.

I learned how to be a good person, to accept others and be tolerant of different opinions, from you. I learned that the teacher isn’t always right, that adults are fallible too; that some things are worth speaking out about, but that other times it’s better to keep your mouth shut.

I learned how important compassion and honesty are. I learned how to love someone even when you disagree with them, and that a world of knowledge can be gleaned from listening to the silence on a summer night.

I love you, Mama, and I am the person that I am because of you.

Happy Mother’s Day, today and every day!

Happy Mother's Day - My mother and I - 2008
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I'm Heather, a married mama of two teen girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet and wild preschool girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!

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