Message for Mom

Dear Mom,

I just wanted you to know, I think you are an amazing mother.  You always encouraged me to follow my dreams.  You always celebrated my victories, no matter how small.

Most important of all, you never left me on the side of the road with a note that said, “Free to good home.”  I admit, I was a difficult child and I didn’t always use my creative powers for good.

Anyway, happy birthday Mom and I hope you have a wonderful day.

My mom had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.  – Mark Twain

Heart of a Fighter

Gwen was born nineteen years ago today.  She was 3 months premature and only weighed 2 pounds 2 ounces.  Gwen spent the first few months of her life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, with all kinds of tubes and IV’s coming out of her little body.

It was a precarious time and her survival was far from guaranteed.  In spite of it all, Gwen managed to thrive and is now a beautiful young woman.

My message for Gwen on her birthday, never forget you have the heart of a fighter.  You proved that by surviving and thriving during those first few months of life.  That strength and spirit will always be within you.  When struggles come your way, remember you have the heart of a fighter and you will prevail.