To say that I am lucky to have a mother like her would be cliche but I am. Just the other day I was with a friend (let's call her C.) who was a mother herself and she talked so candidly about leaving her kids behind and finding herself because she felt lost. She was talking of abandoning her kids and it seemed so easy for her to do that.
I felt hurt. Hurt for her kids, hurt for all the kids out there and the adults who had the same thing done to them by their mother or father. No kid deserves that. That's why I'm so grateful to my Mom.
We didn't have an easy life. We had our own family problems but she NEVER GAVE UP! She never gave up on us even during the times that I turned my back on them; the huge fights that we endured, the trip to the emergency room in the middle of the night because I've given up.
She is so strong and courageous.
I do know that from time to time she wants to let go, to pack up and leave, and I understand that. What I admire the most though is, she never did it. She managed to sort things out and make everything a bit better than what it really is.
She is everything that I could ever hope to be. She may not be the Mom that we wanted but she is exactly the mother that we need.
Hats off to you Mommy. Damn proud to be your daughter!