The strength you inherit from your mother is one that takes a lot of understanding, and even more compassion. To an outsider who you tell your woes to, she is far from perfect. For them to understand your mother's WHY, is to tell them about where she has been and what she has been through. I always think of writing a book, about my mother. I feel that her story, though uncomfortable for many it may be, was one that took your breath away. The sacrifices she made, how naive she was at times, yet calculated at other times, makes for a best seller. I would never write it, without her blessing. So for now, just know that my Mom was not perfect, but she was for me. 

My strength comes from her journey and fight I never had to go through.

Mom, I hope you feel better today. I hope you wake up from your nap feeling well enough to re-book that karaoke reservation you made, but cancelled. I want you to know that I love you. I love you not because of the obvious (you gave me life), but because you shared with me ALL the stories that made you who you are, and made me who I am. I love you because you help so many people, even when you have little for yourself. I love you because no matter how many times you were knocked down, you got up and kept going! I love you because you are you. THANK YOU FOR PASSING ON YOUR STRENGTH.