Mama! I don’t know how you did it! Raising three girls on your own, and not breaking a sweat. I’m sure there were painful nights and days we disappointed you. I know there were days where you would pray for God to make a way out of no way. Your strength is inspiring. I remember being at an age when all I could see you as was Mom. Superwoman. You could do or make anything! As I’ve gotten older and come to realize
the multi-dimensions of being a woman, I now know that you had many other hats while being our Super Mom. That your personal life didn’t stop because you were a Mom. You still had friendships, relationships, work, dreams, and goals. Although you were our Mom, you still had a life of your own that my kid brain couldn’t conceive. I understand that now. So I honor you today and every day for juggling a life of your own and producing ours simultaneously. You have instilled so much in us with your faith, creativity, and magnetic jovial spirit. You never judge and love people for exactly who they are and where they are.
I’ve seen you go through many painful experiences. Ones that you have detailed and others you did not. What stood out to me, is how you handled yourself. You always seemed to rise from the ashes with a hopeful heart saying, “I’m alright, God got me!” Thank you for showing me how to stand through adversity. Thank you for giving me a hopeful and optimistic view of life. Thank you for giving me a generous heart. Thank you for showing me what love is, and teaching me how to love others. You are a gem. Our gem. You’ve touched the lives and hearts of many and more than you even realize.
We had a fun childhood! We went through our dark times, but you made sure we had a childhood, and it was great! We never wore the ‘on trend’ or name brand clothes. But looking back I had experiences and went places that some of my friends did not. We learned the value of family and being there for one another. All I have is a heartfelt thank you. God has truly blessed me with an outstanding Mother. You never tried to paint a perfect picture, and I appreciate that. You showed us life for what it was, good, bad, or indifferent. It prepared me for the real world.
Growing up I thought you were SO STRICT. LOL, You didn’t allow me to hang out with just anybody. I thought I was picking me friends, but really, you did it for me! LOL, That taught me not to allow everyone into my space. To value myself, and what I bring to the table. And the “friends” you said weren’t for me are NOWHERE IN SIGHT! Thank you. You didn’t let me shave my legs or wear my hair down until I was in the 8th grade! I was so upset. But I didn’t grow up fast! Thank you. We didn’t eat fast food often, you always
said, “I’m not buying that, I can make that at the house!” And you did! Even better than the restaurants. Candied apples, funnel cakes, smoothies, frappuccinos, pizza hot dogs, Rice Krispie treats, cakes, pies, shaved ice. You were our friends, cousins, and I’s gourmet chef. You cooked it all. Well, balanced-home made meals. Thank you! You went to work every day and held numerous leadership positions, so much so, that some of your co-workers called you “Chief”. You showed me that leadership has no gender. Thank you! I didn’t want to go to college, I wanted to do hair. You said, ” You’re getting a degree in something else. You can do hair on the side.” I called you NUMEROUS times wanting to quit my major, but you pushed me. I got my Master’s degree at 23 years old. Now I have a career that I love. Doing something that I watched you do, pour into children, as you used to be an after school care teacher, and wanted a daycare of your own. Thank you for sharing with me your love for children. Now I’m able to help kids and families with special needs, all while helping provide for my family. Thank you!
I remember one day I came home raiding the refrigerator, eating everything. You said, “You didn’t eat your lunch I packed?” A packed lunch and breakfast it was… every day! I finally had to confess that I was giving my lunch away at school to my friends because their mama didn’t pack them a lunch and sometimes they would be hungry. You said, “That’s nice of you, but you should have told me, I would have packed extra. You need to eat too!” Pretty much my entire elementary school years my mama packed me a double packed lunch, just so I could be generous and share. That will always stay with me. That’s the kind of heart you have. A heart for others and you gave that to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I can’t say it enough. You are my Queen. God Bless You!