Thank You, Mom.

IMG_1293 (2)Dear Mom,

You taught me the basics.  From you, I learned how to walk, skip, hop, run, and sprint.  From you, I learned the alphabet and how to to read, write and speak.  From you, I learned how to listen, when to speak, when to stay silent and when to yell.

You taught me how to be civilized.  From you, I learned how to be respectful of others, kind to all, and thoughtful of those in my life.  From you, I learned the importance of being principled, honest, and forthcoming.  From you, I learned that every action has a consequence and that I do make a difference–for the better or for the worse.  From you, I learned to mind my manners, as well as my tongue.

You taught me how to be aware.  From you, I learned to love reading.  From you, I learned the importance of being informed of current events.  From you, I learned that complex political issues aren’t always that complex.

You taught me how to love.  From you, I learned the importance of being loyal and consistent.  From you, I learned the importance of being there and available.  From you, I learned the importance of speaking up when it is easier to remain silent.  From you, I learned the importance of being truthful when the time is right.  From you, I learned that shared family meals can be a safe-haven to discuss the day and prepare for tomorrow.  From you, I learned that listening–truly listening–is pure love.  From you, I learned how to comfort others.  From you, I learned how to turn the other cheek and see the best in others.  From you, I learned the magical powers of a hug and the healing powers of a kiss.

Most importantly, from you, I learned how to be a partner to my Husband and a Mother to my daughter.

Thank you, Mom.

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