There is something so extraordinary about the bond that mothers have with their children. When my children graduated from high school I told both of them...to spread their wings and grow. Mothers guide their children the best they know how to do but ultimately each and every child leaves that nest and has to find their own way in the world.
Sometimes, mothers get lucky and their children find their way home once in awhile.
I have been fortunate that my son got out of the US Navy and came home safely in 2006. My son's birthday is on March 19th...and that's the day the war broke out in Iraq. He was in the Persian Gulf already.
My daughter found her way home safely a few months after my son came home in 2006. She was in a personal war of her own and that war ended. Her new life began with her marriage in March to a wonderful young man.
They always want to know what I want for Mother's Day and this year I said ....to spend the day with all of you....which we did today. We ate breakfast, went around to the other side of the island, had shaved ice w/vanilla ice cream and ended up back on the North Shore to pick up Kahuku Sweet Corn.
I looked at my kids periodically while driving along...thinking of everything that a mother dreams of for her children. To grow and blossom into responsible young adults.
When we dropped them off my daughter said, "Wait Mom!" and ran in the house and came out with a token of her appreciation for me.....MOM. The Tinkerbell Fairy (I collect Fairies) sat on a stand and it said, "Let Your Dreams Blossom".
I thought to myself... I have allowed my children to chase their dreams and to blossom into who they are today.
I thought to myself.....my mom allowed me to do the same.
Happy Mothers Day to my mom, to all you moms, step moms, foster moms, hanai moms and single fathers who are moms.....any 'moms' out there that are deserving of the meaning of .....being a mom.