Note: This essay is published at Mile High Mamas for their mother’s day essay contest, but I have permission to share it here too.
I love this quote from the Disney© Movie, Odd Life of Timothy Green, “There are 2 people in the world who want you more than anything. They will do their best, they will make some mistakes, and you only get them for a short time, but they will love you more than you can ever imagine….”
I only realized how much my mom sacrificed for us after I became a mom almost 9 years ago. She was 25, and married off to a man she hardly knew (arranged marriages back in the day). Then, she was immediately setting sail (okay, she flew) to a country almost 10,000 miles away from her home for a new life. She left behind all she knew, the languages she spoke and the people she loved. Over the last four decades, she also moved all over the country for dad’s career, and stayed at home for us. She shuttled us to all our activities and school events. When we were sick, she stayed up all night worrying and caring for us. Her love didn’t end when we went off to college. She was always thinking of us. Mom sacrificed so much for us. She’s my hero, not just this Mother’s Day but every day.
This mother’s day is especially special for us. Mom recently started a journey that will be both difficult and have its triumphs too. Mom is private about her life so I won’t share more but we know she will do great! She is the strongest person I know because of all she did for us and all she sacrificed. Only a strong person can do that! My mom is unique and special, and loved by all who meet her. While I may not have mirrored everything she did, I am better off because of the choices she made for us. This mother’s day, I want her to know that she is my hero. Because of her sacrifices, I am here, living in a country with amazing opportunities. I am all that I am because of what she taught me and how she cared for me. I have her personality, her smile, and people often mistake me for her when I call them. There is a saying that “we live on through our children.” Well, if this is true, mom, I have lived and breathed you for 43 years, and will keep doing so as long as God allows.
Thanks for being one of two people who wanted me more than anything and doing your very best. Your children and grandchildren are proof that you do more than your best. Thanks for making mistakes along the way. We made better choices as a result of them. God has given you to me for 43 years and I pray he loans you to us for much longer. After all, he still wants you to teach your grandchildren a few things we didn’t want to learn. Finally, thanks for loving me more than anyone can ever imagine. Now that I am a mom, I actually don’t have to imagine. I only hope I can be half the hero for my children that you are for us.