Happy Mother’s Day!
Well, as most of you know, my mom passed away last year after a LONG battle with various health issues. My mom was a FIGHTER through and through.
Now, me and my mom weren’t ever close like most families are. She made a lot of selfish decisions which impacted my life tremendously. From making sure the cats and dogs had food, she had cigarettes, to then feeding me. I was always last…but at least I was there.
She spent $5000 to save a cat that eventually died anyway. This, was the starting point of us becoming homeless and living in the station wagon. I was pulled out school midway through the 7th grade.
I could go on and on, and someday will in a book I’m writing. However, Through all the painful years, we still stayed a team. Sometimes more like friends than mother and son. We’d go to rock concerts (mom loved heavy metal). When I was young, she did try her best to make me feel special on occasions. Disneyland, Chuck E Cheese, the races, Christmas, and my birthday.
The last few weeks of her life she changed. Nothing was more important than me. I’ve struggled with that since. Why? Because of the conditioning that had taken place in my life, the games and whatnot, I thought she was telling me what I wanted to hear. But, I think back to those times, and really feel blessed and thankful she shared with me how proud she was. That, she really loved my wife and thought we made a great team. Even right up until the point she took her last breath as I held her hand and caressed her forehead.
Through it all, my mom taught me lessons she didn’t even realize. People ask me “Don’t you feel ripped off for having to be homeless, dig in garbage cans, miss having friends etc?” My answer is always “If it weren’t for those times, the lessons I learned about hard work, tenacity, never listening to other people’s opinions, I wouldn’t be the man I am today!”
Mother’s day used to be a pain to be honest. But, now that she’s gone, it’s even more painful. I know she’s with me in spirit
The point of all this is to cherish ALL the moments, both good, bad, fun, painful, etc. These times are what creates our character. It’s what we do, how we respond, in these tough situations that impact the future. Don’t become a victim of your circumstances! Change what you’re doing and be who you WANT to be! Not what other people tell you to be.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom!
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