A Mother’s Best Day

A tear welled in the back of my eye and a lump in my throat as I watched her walk through the security gates. I knew right away that this would be the very best Mother’s Day present that I would ever get. Right there, right now, she embodies all of my hopes and dreams. Not because I forced her to live my dreams but because I showed her that she could live her own! If you would have asked me 19 years ago, “What would be my greatest accomplishment?”, I don’t think I would have had the foresight to know that my greatest accomplishment was far beyond me. I watched her say goodbye with a sense of confidence that I have never had, but fought to instill in her since birth. She looked back with a slight smile and I felt pure success. And just like that she walked into the future she is creating for herself…

How did I raise a young lady with such a heart, such compassion and who is so brave? I give my husband some credit of course, but I can’t help but claim a victory. I taught her everyday how to be the woman I knew she deserved to be.  Here I was, watching my sweet girl who was once too shy to go next door alone, head to the other side of the world with a back pack and a dream. This is how my hardest Mother’s Day turned out to be the greatest Mother’s Day yet. It goes without saying that this dream did not come about over night. It started many years ago teaching her that the world was bigger than her mind could ever imagine. I hope that I taught her that despite what she saw in her everyday life, there was a world that was more deserving than she, an earth that was in dire need, many people that would never have her advantages and a God that would always protect her. Beyond all of this…. I tried with all my might to show her a mother that would believe in her through success and stand beside her through failure. On this Mother’s Day, I wish all of you a chance to see your children living their dreams… because what better present is there?