60 years ago, I began the most significant and substantial relationship of my life with my mother (yes, this July 2, I’ll be turning 60 years old). My relationship with my mom has changed over the years. My first 17 years, I was dependent on her, my dad, and my grandmother. My mom encouraged me to overcome my challenges and amplified my strength. She encouraged me to think about and helped prepare me to go to college to start a more independent and contributory life. Once I got accepted to Berkeley, she and my grandmother brought me to California. The next 40 years became a totally blessed and outstanding life.
Through all those years, my mom was always there for me, encouraging me and loving me unconditionally. Because of her, I gravitated towards people who had similarly great parents. I have to say that most of my relationships are with people who have been blessed with great moms and great fathers. Most of you who have read my past emails know about my mom. I am so proud of the woman that she has always been. I’m so grateful for all that she has done and all that she continues to do for me.
I appreciate all of you that read my emails and have taken the time to adapt to my life changes and maintain a relationship with me. I am thankful for all of you and I encourage you to reach out this weekend in one way or another and give your mom the kind of appreciation that she deserves. For those of you who no longer have your mom, I encourage you to reach out to a sister, cousin, aunt or friend who has given their all to nurture their child or some children that mean a lot to them.
Happy Mother’s Day. I love you all!