She's just the best. She has always been there for me, and all of my siblings. Not to mention all the friends of my brothers mostly, that she invited into our home over the years. If they got into a fight at home, or got kicked out, or become temporarily homeless for whatever reason, to our house they came.
She's the kindest, most loyal person I have ever met in my entire life. I don't think I have ever met anyone who doesn't love her. It's impossible not to.
Watching her makes me want to, strive to be, more selfless. She is the perfect example of selfless.
I remember once, when I was I think in 7th grade, a friend of my brothers had the opportunity to play on the varsity basketball team. He came from a rough family, and had gotten into some trouble. Then he started playing basketball and began to start taking school more seriously . Stopped skipping class and got into trouble. Then he came over one day and said he wasn't going to be playing basketball anymore. He didn't offer any reason why he wasn't going to do it, but she did a little digging. He finally admitted to her its because he couldn't afford the $90 specific tennis shoes required to play on the varsity team. So what did she do? She found out his shoe size and went and bought him the pair so he could continue to play. She's just that kind of person.
We always had extra seats smushed in around our table for Easter dinner, or Thanksgiving dinner or even on Christmas because somehow she always found someone who didn't have a place to go for those special holidays. I remember complaining once in high school when I found out a single mom and her two children were coming over for Thanksgiving. The boy was kind of odd and I just didn't really want to have to spend three hours with him outside of Church. My mom explained how they had no one else. No family, and most likely not a lot of money to spend on a big extravagant meal. I stopped complaining after that. We didn't have any family around either except for each other (everyone else was in Sweden, North Carolina or Florida) but we always had each other and my mom always made others feel welcome in our home.
I wish so badly I could have spent today with my mom, celebrating the amazing mother and person she is, but at least I got to spend a week with her a few weeks ago!
Hope you all wonderful mothers had a really amazing day! You all deserve it!