27 days – Happy Birthday, Mom!

My mom is a never-ending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune. ~Graycie Harmon

Today my blog is dedicated to my mother, who is also celebrating a milestone birthday this year. It’s her 60th birthday today! Happy Birthday, Mom!!!

Perhaps the most cherished thing to come out of my 20s, is the awesome relationship I have developed with my mom. I wasn’t always the easiest teen or young adult to deal with growing up (I was a drama queen, hard to believe, I know) and our relationship as a result was often strained at times. In my late 20s, I feel our relationship has truly blossomed and transformed. Now, I am not only honored to call her my mother, but I am honored to call her my friend.

In early 2008, my grandfather was ill, and I flew in from AZ to spend time with him in hospice during his final days. I spent the week there with my mom, at Grandpa’s side. During the quiet afternoons, and often in the wee hours of the morning when we couldn’t sleep, Mom opened up and shared things with me about her childhood I never knew. And for the first time, I saw my mom as her own woman, with a life that existed long before I came into the world and took it over, a woman with her own fears, hopes, dreams, joys and hurts. I gained a whole new level of respect and appreciation for my mother that week . . . and for my grandfather. Both of them, so incredibly strong.

Ever since then, my mom has never ceased to amaze me. She was there to give me the quiet encouragement I needed when I was wrestling with the idea of ending my marriage. She’s been my number one cheerleader, propelling me forward, scaring away all the birds of sorrow so they don’t nest in my hair. She helps me find the humor in any situation and I’m happy we share the same tendency towards hysterical giggles as a coping mechanism during emotional times.

The older I get, the more I realize I am my mother’s daughter. And nothing could make me happier. I really kick myself for taking her for granted so much when I was young. But, my mom, ever so patient with me, I think she always knew I’d come around.

So, Mom, today . . . I wish you the best birthday ever with all the love in the world! I can’t wait to see where life takes us in another thirty years when we’re 60 and 90 :).

Comments

  1. Thank you for this beautiful post. I’m incredibly blessed to have a daughter like you.
    LOVE,
    ma

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