I think I’ve mentioned before that I was a “challenge” as a child… there were many reasons for it …hypoglycemia, being a boy, being a middle child… growing up with 2 sisters…. Those issues were all factors in me being a little terror…. Then in my Teens I was horrid….. but we’ve already talked about that….maybe someday we’ll really delve into some of that but this post is for My Mom… A letter to you for Mother’s Day Mom 🙂
Dear Mom, I love you. Thank you for carrying my large head and body around inside you for 9 looooong months… Thank you for all the pain you endured to bring me into the world. There’s nothing I can do to ever repay that… the gift of life…. Even in that era when everyone smoked and drank and didn’t know or care about the side effects that would have on their children you didn’t ..you were healthy and happy and took care of me while I was hurting you without even being aware of it. You loved me before I was ever born and even after all I did as a kid, as a teen and even as a young adult you loved me, sometimes in spite of myself…. I’m sure there were times where you didn’t like me very much, but you always loved me…… So out I came after I have no idea how many hours of labor but I arrived 8 lbs 5 oz, 20.5 inches long at 12:13 AM….that was one LOOOONG day for you….
Here’s the chunky monkey you pushed out that day many years ago…….I still have that darn double chin….
but that day was probably no where near the longest, or most painful day that I caused you….. the days I spent in jail as a teen, or the nights I never came home and you never knew where I was, if I were alive, or when I went off to the military and who knows where and you never heard from me for months, or even years at a time were probably some of the longest….. I know that now and I’m sorry to have put you through that back then…… but you were always there.
Throughout my childhood you instilled (ok sometimes forced, but that’s GOOD!) Christian values and morals in me, you raised me to be kind and respectful, honest, honorable and chivalrous. You fed and clothed me , even making my clothes ( not that I appreciated it then!! Especially in 1976!! But I sure wish I had that shirt today!!!) You protected me from Tornadoes and made me clean up after the “Michael Pasqually Tornado” hit my bedroom every day or so as a kid….. you cleaned up my sheets and bed after I wet it for so many years and you took me to the Doctor to find out why that was happening and got me the surgery to get it fixed…… The list goes on and on and on….. you got me braces, though it probably cost the family a fortune but you wanted me to have straight teeth….you cared, you loved, you sacrificed…. Back then I didn’t appreciate it most of the time, I’m sure I took you for granted, (kids are good at that) …. But I know better now Mom…. I know what you gave up for me to be here today and you are a large part of who I am today…without your examples, your love, your sacrifices, your punishments and reprimands, your creativity and your tough love when it was needed, I wouldn’t be who I am today…and I think I’m a pretty OK guy ….. You did also give me some things I’d rather not have too…. Like Sleep Apnea, High blood pressure, High Cholesterol…. and other genetic things…. but you didn’t have much say in those !! SOOOOOO Mamma, Mommma , Mommmy, MOTHER, Valerie, Mom……… I love you and I thank you for being my Mom.
Mom, today (ok well Sunday, but let’s pretend ok?) is Mother’s Day…. Your gift from your family out west to you for Mother’s Day is a day of spoiling at the The Rose–Dore Salon it’s all pre-paid (INCLUDING TIPS!!) you just need to call and schedule the day you want ….. you just put on your Tiara (I’m sure you have one, or a crown even!!) on your appointment day and go relax and get pampered!!! It’s a small way for me to say thank you & I Love you Mom.
Happy Mother’s Day to you,
Your loving Son.
P.S. I’ll still call on Sunday 😉