familyOn A Personal Note May 13, 2012

Happy Mother’s Day!

My mother came to our “Celebration” party for Izze on Friday night and stayed for the entire party – cleaning up as the night wore on.  It has made me reflect on her and her life.  She is such a wonderful example of the “good mother” to me.  Always, tirelessly, sacrificing for others.  She is very quiet about it.  Never expecting praise or recognition.  Just always being the support, the one who holds me up when I feel I simply cannot take any more.  She doesn’t talk-the-talk, she simply walks-the-walk – consistently.  She is your best-friend from the very first “hello”.  She has never met a stranger in her life.  I don’t know that she has ever done anything really grandiose (nothing that someone would write a book about), but everything she does-the ‘always just being there’ adds up to so much more than one amazing event!  She makes me want to be a better person, makes me want to reach deep inside for the someone “better” that she knows is in me.  My mother has always been the first to arrive, the last to leave and the one who just never quits.  Her love knows no bounds, her heart is never tiring, her sacrifices never leave her empty, but seem to fill her with an even greater capacity to love.  Growing up she attended every game (and there were many!) and dried many a tear.  In my adult life, she has allowed my husband and I to grow together as we faced the struggles and adversities of life, but has never been far off – like a constant support for a weak branch – just enough to allow growth, but enough to avoid failure on my part.  Life is love and balance and she seems to have just the right proportions of both.  I hope that if I EVER grow up that I can be just like her.  I am certain she is “an angel in disguise” and I am honored and grateful to call her ‘mom’.  Love you mom – today and always…..