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.
From 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!