Happy Mother’s Day to all moms, but especially my mom, who has sacrificed so much for me. My parents adopted me through Catholic Charities when I was 4 months old. Back then things were wildly different. My mom had to quit her job so she would be home to raise me – if at any time during the first year Catholic Charities found out she was working, they could have taken me back. After that, my mom remained a stay-at-home mom while my dad worked to support us. She wanted to be with me, and once I started grade school, she wanted to be home when I got home every day.
When I was around 10 years old (I don’t remember my age exactly,) we got our first computer. That’s when my mom started working again – she’s an amazingly fast typist, so she found a job doing data entry from home, which still allowed her to be there when I got home from school. I didn’t realize at the time how lucky I was for that. It was great to not have to stay at latchkey, and never have to miss social events because I didn’t have a ride there. My mom was always around to drive me wherever I needed to be.
As I got older, we definitely had our differences, but no matter how much she may have disagreed with some of my choices, she ultimately supported me in anything I chose to do. She was there to pick me up when I fell (literally and figuratively) and to provide a shoulder to cry on when my heart was broken. She is an unending source of love and comfort, and comfort food.
Now that I’m on my own and married, she still helps me out and is far too generous for words. I am so thankful to have the best mom in the world. Thanks, mom, for everything you do. I love you.