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Mother's Day Salute Series: Christine Strawson Gamari on Pat Strawson.

POSTED May 06, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Dear Mom,

Happy Mother’s Day!  Just in case you did not know how much you mean to me, I decided to publically pronounce my love and admiration to you through this Mother’s Day article series. 

Chances are you already know how much you mean to me, however.  You already know that you are my best friend, and the person I look up to most in this world.  I think you may also already know that you are the one person who I would be heartbroken to disappoint.

I hope I have never disappointed you, Mom.  If I did, I trust that your love for me is unconditional.  Someone once said that there is no stronger love than that of a mother, and I am inclined to agree.

Mom, I think you already know that you are the voice inside of my head telling me to reach higher and be better.  Oftentimes you are the voice outside of my head telling me the same thing.  I know I may sometimes seem frustrated and unwilling to take your advice, but it is only because I am disappointed with myself for trying to take an easy way out. 

I am only disappointed that I couldn’t do it right for you the first time.

Mom, I think you already know that you know me better than I know myself. You allow me to make my own mistakes and never ever say, “I told you so.” You always know the right thing to say, the one thing that will make me feel better in any situation. Sometimes it is scary how well you seem to know what it is I need you to do or say.

Mom, I think you already know that you are the most selfless person I know.  You are always putting my happiness and the happiness of others ahead of your own.  You have made countless sacrifices on behalf of John and myself, and I hope you know that they do not go unnoticed. 

We appreciate every game that you have come to watch, every ride that you have given us, and every minute you have donated to making our lives better. 

Mom, I think you already know that you are the strongest person I know.  As a family, we have already suffered too much sadness and loss.  You are the rock of our family, the glue that holds us all together. 

When I was in 8th grade and you were diagnosed with cancer, it never even occurred to me that I could lose you.  You were always upbeat and optimistic, and made it clear that we were going to beat this awful disease together. 

I was too young back then to help you carry such a heavy emotional burden, but I am here for you now if you ever need me.

Mom, I think you already know that I consider you the best mom in the world.  I would not change anything about our lives together.  It has been a truly amazing experience to be raised by such an incredible mother.  I am the person I am today simply and entirely because of you.

Thank you for also taking the time to teach me how to be a good mom to Maya.  I could never do this without you.

Mom, I think you already knew I felt all of this about you but it doesn’t hurt to repeat it now and again. 

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom; I love you.



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