I am very proud of my mom and consider her the most courageous woman I know. With perseverance, sacrifice and hard work, she raised a family of Olympic athletes and gave us the tools and the spirit to succeed. That is something that my brothers and I will always be thankful for. Sign Up. My Account.
Again and again I would call my mom while she was at working begging asking for her to come home. She worked second shift as a nurse for much of my childhood. My mom was working hard to help her patients and there I was crying on the other end of the phone. Last week my mom retired from her career as a nurse. She spent her entire adult life diligently serving others. She can still remember horrific emergency room scenes. She helped hundreds of people as she staffed the second floor of our local hospital.
I want to let you know that this letter will not even come close to explaining the love and gratitude that I have for you; however, I hope this comes close. There are so many things that I want you to know, but let me first start off by saying thank you. Thank you for being my shoulder to cry on, thank you for always listening to the latest gossip, thank you for always being just a phone call away, but most importantly, thank you for showing me what unconditional love actually is. I am very grateful for all of the typical "mom duties" that you have fulfilled each and every day of my life, but my gratitude towards all of the ways that you have gone above and beyond as my mom is indescribable.
This is the hardest question for me. There was a lot that went into this moment- misleading information from my parents, ignorance on my part, fear of the future, resentment on both sides… neither of us were right or wrong in that moment. Sometimes I try to compare myself to her to see if I could possibly measure up…. My mom was gracious, kind, moral, intelligent, strong, and full of integrity. All the things I want to be.