December 3rd marked my mother's 60th birthday and let me tell you she looks fabulous and has aged so gracefully throughout her 60 years of living. Seriously it's almost sickening how amazing my mom looks for 60 and do you want to know the best part? She is actually looking forward to being 60! What person let alone woman wants to become 60? I would think by now they would want to start aging backwards until they hit their thirties again, but not my mom. She is excited to be turning 60 due to some painful events that happened in her 40's (got a divorce) and in her 50's (her son died). Evening though she has had these terrible events happen in her past, my mom has still a great outlook on life, loves her job (she is a fourth grade teacher), and is the most wonderful human being on the planet (granted I maybe a little bit biased due to I am related to her). She hardly looks any different from when she graduated High School and she always has a smile on her face. I am so incredibly lucky to have her as my mom, heck I am lucky to have a mom that likes me and can put up with all the different complaints I have throughout the day, has financially helped me start my own buisness and supports me in what ever adventure or new thing I want to try, and she has the paitence and understanding I needed growing up and becoming an adult.
A lot of people (who know my mom) has asked me mulitple times, "Why do all of these terrible things happen to your mom?" And I just shake my head and respond with, "I don't know, I wish I i could prevent it, but I can't." Unfortuately, I get this a lot more that people who keep asking these questions realize. They will never ask my mother this due to casing her any form of discomfort, sadness, or to just bring up bad memories. And, when these times are brought up, this is the only time, I have seem my mom actually age (and when she does, she still ages like a graceful butterfly).
So, to help honor my mom on her 60th Birthday I decided to get her a tablet for her 60th birhtday and well to bring her into the 21st century and the range of emotions on her face went from happy to surprised to annoyed that I spent a ton of money, than back to happy, and than went back to exhausted due to its been a long week. I was so proud that I was able to get my mom something that I knew she has been wanting/needing for a while and the smile on her face I will never forget. Now adays she doesn't smile often, but when my mom smiles she just lights up the whole house. She is just the best human being on the planet.
Her strength is unshakable, her beauty inside and out brightens up the room and radiates everywhere, and she has been the best damn Mom I could have every asked for. So, mom if you ever read this; I love you, happy birthday, you are a star, and I adore you. Thank you for everything and I love you to the moon and back.