Mom…The Model Of Service And Sacrifice
As I sit here writing Mother’s Day cards, my mind is filled with thoughts of mom — not just one mom but all of the moms in my life. At the age of six, I lost my biological mom to a brain aneurysm. It was so long ago and yet I still find that I miss her. I long to know her and wonder what she would say about me and to me if I could see her again.
Don’t feel too sorry for me though. I have been blessed with a step mom for the last thirty years who I simply call “mom” and a mother-in-law who loves me like a son. I have two amazing older sisters who are also amazing mothers in their own right. Of course there are the grandmothers and last but not least– my wife, Alicia.
Yes, I am blessed indeed!
Allow me the count all of the times I have failed to appreciate these mothers or perhaps chosen to respond sarcastically instead of lovingly. Or consider all of the times I chose to see only fault or flaw without regard for their value or feelings. Or how often I have been blind and ungrateful to the sacrifices they made on my behalf. There are in fact too many instances to count.
On this Mother’s day however, I pause to say thanks. You see, the mothers in my life have taught and continue to teach me about service and sacrifice. So often I have witnessed them giving of themselves, even when they had nothing left to give, in order to make me a success. I recognize qualities such as patience and kindness — qualities the moms in my life exemplify.
It’s with a deep sense of admiration, gratefulness and humility that I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day!