This Kinfolk post is very much l.o.n.g. overdue. But if there is any day in the year that I should be taking time to count my blessings and thank those whom I am thankful for, it's today... because it's THANKSGIVING! And gosh, I am infinitely thankful for my Mom. I have procrastinated writing this because I know I won't be able to find exactly the right words to express how special my Mom is and how much she means to me, but here goes anyway.
If one day I can be as good of a mom for a child of mine as my Mom is for me, I would be one happy and content gal. My Mom managed to instill this crazy sense of you-can-do-anything-you-set-your-mind-to mentality. She nurtured me to be an individual and to always pursue the things that make me happy. She challenged me to be a good person and also to use the gifts I was given to make a difference. She taught me to be confidant and to stand up for what I believe in. She encouraged me to be a strong and self-reliant woman and to question the status quo. She taught me to live life so that I can look in the mirror at the end of each day and smile at what I see. She taught me the value of home and always remembering where I come from. She gave me an amazingly loving and supportive Dad and three unbelievable sisters. She carefully and strategically constructed a tight-knit supportive family pack, and because of it, I have always known someone will pick me up off the ground if and when I fall. And knowing that someone is always there to catch me has enabled me to live my life absolutely to the fullest. It allowed me to try any and every thing my heart desired while growing up, and it continues to allow me to try any and every thing my heart desires today. I can hop on a plane tomorrow to see the world or take a million and one risks in the pursuit of my own happiness, all the while, knowing that my parents and sisters are cheering me on, pushing me forward, championing for me, and holding in place a safety net too.
My Mom dedicated her life to raising my three sisters and me, and she sacrificed more than I will ever know to do so. I am forever indebted to her. I will forever be thankful to her because I wouldn't be here, writing this, living the life I live, and doing the things I do, if it weren't for her.
I love you, Mom.