Every special holiday I find myself struggling as to what to get you.
Thoughts that I could buy you slippers to keep your toes warm on those frosty
days or I could buy you perfume to make you smell sweet as a flower. Nevertheless
eventually the slippers will wear and fade, leaving your toes chilly once again
and the perfume, if not used (especially if only used on those special
occasions) will spoil and become rancid just like the flowers it was made out
Unlike these gifts which perish in time, words spoken in truth and in love
will never wear, fade or spoil.
To my mama, my gift to you this Valentine’s Day are words spoken, or rather
written from my heart to yours.
Mama, I want you to know that I love you, honor you and cherish the person
that you have become. How you struggled and fought through wars that most do
not have to fight in a life time. Words and actions may show otherwise at
times, as children often, yes I am still your child, forget how important they
are and life takes over.
Mama, if you were to look through my eyes and see what I see when I gaze at
you as a mother gazes at her own child, you would see:
A woman who worked her ass off to give her children a normal life, even if
that meant her own sacrifice, blood and sweat.
A woman who is shy when not in her comfort zone but flourishes and glows
when surrounded by the things she loves; her daughters, grand-babies, horses,
good friends, farm air and the sun beating on her back.
A woman who cares deeply about her grandchildren, wanting nothing but the best
for them and will crawl on all fours just to see them smile or sit on the
ground and play a board game for hours.
And a woman who is as beautiful to me today as she was when was just a
teenager. Time may age the body but it is the inside that radiates from
the outside. Be proud that of the light and beauty that shines through.
Happy (early) Valentine’s Day mama. I do and always will need you, until the day you
leave this earth and even then my heart will weep and long to call you on the
phone and ask you how to cook this or that. I pray we have many days ahead of
us will our relationship will only grow stronger with each passing day.