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Posted by on May 8, 2011 in Happiness, Relationships, Self Help, Spirituality

I LOVE my Mom!! She’s one of the most impressive, strong, women I know.  She was left to raised her 4 Kids on her own after my Father died at the age of 28 of a heart attack.  I am the youngest of the 4 kids and I was only TEN WEEKS old when he died.  My brother’s the oldest and he was FIVE).  She never re-married and was able to, on a teachers salary, without working summers, put us through private schooling, was part of the PTA, hosted many overnight slumber parties for us and supported us through our rebellious, crazy, hormonal teenage years.  She also made college available to all of us.

Most people would crumble under that kind of shock and pressure and intense sorrow, but instead, she devoted her entire life to raising us kids.  Her family became her focus and she, early on, must have decided to find the blessings in her children rather than stay in a state of absolute sadness from the loss of my Dad.  Don’t get me wrong – 46 years later she will still cry when she reminisces about him or thinks about how we didn’t get a chance to know him.

She never even really dated.  We did not have men coming in and out of our lives – ever.  She provided such a safe and consistent environment for us.  The families we grew up with that were part of our school are still people she gets together with frequently.  In fact all of us go to one of the families house EVERY CHRISTMAS EVE.  No invitations are sent out – everyone just shows up.  It’s pretty cool!

My Mom is also the WORLDS BEST GRANDMA to 10 grandchildren.  All of her grandkids have a very close and special relationship with her as well.  I don’t know what I would have done without her support during some trying times in my own parenting to my Son and Daughter.  She has always been my rock!

I literally could write a book about my Mom and maybe I should just do that someday soon but for now I just wanted to honor her on this Mothers Day!  She represents the ultimate Feminine and Masculine balance!  She’s strong and capable.  She was an EXAMPLE of positive thinking and perseverance!  There was really nothing that she couldn’t do if she put her mind to it.  She participated in our lives:  to the extent of showing me and my friends how to do tricks on the “monkey bars”!  LOL  I can still hear my friends saying “wow – I can’t believe your MOM can do that!”  We would organize our softball games with all the other families and the parents would play too.  Those are some wonderful memories.

I am so grateful for the healthy, loving childhood that she provided me and my siblings.  She did this without a man in her life.  She showed us how we can be complete on our own so that our relationships could be that much more meaningful.  The loss of my Dad certainly showed up in my own life in different ways.  There were things to learn from that as well and most definitely played a part in how my life played out for sure, but I wouldn’t change a single thing about my life.

I continue to be one of my Moms biggest admirers and I cherish the relationship that I have with her.  She’s my friend and is still my rock!  I LOVE MY MOM so much!! and today I sit in gratitude that our SOULS committed to each other in this life!

Blessings to all of you Mothers out there!  You are beautiful and special – enjoy your DAY!!

Love and Light Always

Linda Nuss
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