There's an old saying that says something to the effect of you can pick your friends but you can't pick your relatives.
When it comes to my mom, truthfully, if I'd had the opportunity to pick a mother I'd chose mine over and over again.
In my mom, I have not only a support system but a true friend. Someone I can laugh with, cry with ,someone who I can call a best friend. Someone I truly look up to and continue to be amazed by.
When we got the call that my dad passed away she suspended her own grief to be a pillar of strength for her daughters. As the only remaining parent to three girls she's remained a rock , holding us up, giving us strength even though she'd lost her best friend.
When she finally was able to retire after 26 years of work she moved across the country and now cares for her grandchildren several hours per day with the same love and devotion with which I have for my children.
When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 she continued to stay positive and now two years later is doing marvelously.
And these are but a fraction of the incredible things my mom has done throughout her 61 years.
Happy (Early) Mother's Day, Mom. I love you more than words can say.
In her honor, I've linked to two prior posts that celebrate her.
In Which I honor my Mother
Journey through breast cancer
Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful Mom's out there.