I know this blog is largely meant to be dedicated to my (totally exciting) adventures here at college-land but allow me to step back a moment and try to be serious.
Today, is my my birthday. And although the little kid in me is still overly-excited to open those shining packages that I got in the mail I'd also like to take a moment now and thank my mother for all that she is.
I know, I know, there's already a saccharine holiday set apart for the occasion; but I feel like if you only do something because everybody else is doing it you don't really mean it as much the other 365 days of the year.
The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about my mom is her wonderful sense of humor. She is never far from a quick remark, and never further from a good long laugh. It is this weildy humor that has been reflected in each of her children and is absolutely integral to our personalities. I for one know that I would not be the same person with out my snarky sardonic lens on life.
We've had a lot of hard times in my family, a lot of things that for a while I wished could all be a dream, but through all of it my mother maintained her humor. And she did it in a way that didn't deflect reality or make it less than was it really was but allowed our new realities to exist along side the things in life worthy of a laugh. I think that this show of humor exposes a great deal of strength on my mom's part.
A strength that I absolutely admire and a strength that I hope that I will be able to replicate if need be.
My mom my also a great deal of charity in her heart for others. She can see the world with a clear eyes and can think of others and their needs, even when she is having a bad day. More importantly, she then acts upon her perceptions and reaches out to those in need. I know that we spent more than one week opening our home to somebody who needed a place to stay for a little while.
I appreciate being shown by her how to a woman, and I can only hope to make her proud in the coming years of my own womanhood.
I love you Mom, and thank you for all that you have done.