Today’s WordPress prompt is to write a letter to your mother and tell her something you’ve always wanted but haven’t been able to.
Happy upcoming 66th birthday (my Mom’s birthday is three days before Christmas). If we were Chinese, I’d buy you a chicken and cut it up 66 times in order to ward off trouble in the coming year. (Source: http://chineseculture.about.com/od/chinesefestivals/a/Celebrating-Chinese-Birthdays.htm) If I could protect you from difficulties in some way, I would. But you don’t need protection.
At my age, you were raising Renaissance Guy (my brother) and me, working nights at a demanding job, taking care of a house, nurturing a strong marriage with Dad, and still making time to be a second mother to our cousins and the neighbor kids. You had it way more together than I do.
You still have it together. I watch how you do everything that needs done for my grandparents, and I know some day I’ll be taking care of you and Dad. I hope I’m up to the task. I see you with Medium Fry (nephew) and Small Fry (niece), and I learn there is more than one way to be a mother. I watch how you and Dad are best friends and true partners, and I pray I find someone with whom I can have that kind of relationship.
I envy you sometimes. I respect you always. Most of all, I love you, and I hope someday I’m half the woman you are.
Love, Renaissance Girl