I was on my lunch break at work and one of the other nurses was talking about the origins of mother's day. It apparently dates back to the greek era when a day was devoted to worshipping Cybele-the greek mother of the gods. This holiday makes me miss my mom so much more. As I said in my story I grew up with my father. My parents separated, and me and my sister moved to live with our father when I was 11. My mom lives in another country. We keep in touch mainly by phone and by email. I have seen her last in 2007- just after I got engaged. My sister is more fortunate to have seen her twice in the past year. She doesn't have the same time and financial constraints as I did since starting nursing school. But now that I am working, I'm planning to visit her this fall.
I love my mom very much. Although she wasn't physically there she was a great support for me and my sister when we moved here. She was, and still is my confidante. She has had her share of battles in this life and I really hope and pray to God that this year will be a good one for her. She said she's starting to like someone- that's a very good sign. See, my mom has been burned by bad, and I mean bad relationships, and because of this, she became obsessed about work and excercise. Now I can see that there is a balance. She seems happy :)
My favourite memory of my mom when I was little was my first jump into the pool. I can vividly remember her telling me to jump, andshe will catch me. She had a pink and black bathing suit on. It had diagonal patterns on it. She had long black hair and teased bangs (ok, this was early 90s people!) I was so scared, I didn't want to do it, I said I was gonna drown... but I did eventually jump after the coaxing from my cousins and all the other people around me. She caught me, and she held me and said, "See, do you think I'll ever let you drown? Mommy will never let anything bad happen to you."
I love you, mom. I am who I am because of you. Happy mother's day to all moms out there! You are all deserving of the world to worship you for your unconditional love.