she died in 1995 and one may think each year would be easier, but i have found that there are moments when the pain is so great i almost feel crippled. not having her there at a high school graduation, not having her there when i was accepted to college, not having her there when i fell in love for the first time, not having her there when my heart was broken for the first time, not having her there when i graduate from college, when i started my first job, when i finished my mba, when i miss her…

i have been blessed to have wonderful women in my life who have shared their love with me, the love of a mom, and no they haven’t tried to replace her, but they have tried to make my hurt a little less. i am always so thankful for all of them, i never know how to really say thank you and sometimes evening saying just thanks never seems enough.

my mother laid a great foundation and there are lessons from her i will always uphold. but i do believe everything happens for a reason and with her death i have had the chance to be shaped and molded by many great women… women who didn’t have to share their time or love with me, but who did. to them i am ever so thankful, to them i dedicate all i do. to them, all of them; today and every day i say happy mother’s day.