She is the why for so many of the choices I make and I wouldn’t have it any other way. She is an amazing mom and was always a strong kind, funny, and independent role model who took such good care of me when I was growing up.
She’s always encouraged me whether it was to move away to go to graduate school, explore the world and move around in my 20s and 30s, or go back to school and start a new career when I got laid off in my 40s.
People sometimes act like I’m doing something special in taking care of her now that she’s sick or like I’m doing it for pats on the back and that perplexes me. I mean it’s nice when others see what an awesome human being I am (you can thank my mom for that!), but I really don’t care what anyone else thinks my motivation is.
I do it because she is my mom and I love her. She’s always been my.best friend and I know she’d do this and a thousand times more for me because she already has.