Today is my mother's birthday. I have always loved her and admired her, and I've been lucky enough that we've always gotten along. But, now, more than ever I am so appreciative of ALL that she does. She truly amazes me. In the last 3 months, she has gone from being my mother and my kids' grandma, to being a live-in care-giver for me and second mom to my kids. When my dad and husband were at the hospital with me, she was at my house, cooking, cleaning and taking care of my family, because I couldn't.
It is hard to realize that I can't take care of my family and home the way I once could, but my mom has been absolutely wonderful in doing what needs to be done. She doesn't act like it is a burden, but that it is a priviledge to be able to do what she can to help. She helps me push myself, without "pushing" too hard or being too protective. She listens to me when I cry, complain and feel frustrated with myself. She cuddles my kids when they cry, cooks the meals, does the laundry, cleans the house, goes to the grocery store and generally runs everything...and I contribute a little here and there as I can. Yet, she praises me for each of my "little" accomplishments and allows me time to rest when I am tired from making my bed and dusting my room. How can I express thanks for all of this??? I can't, I've tried, but words are not sufficient.
The life of a caregiver is harder than that of those being cared for and I am soooo grateful for the "caregivers" in my life. My husband and mom are truly amazing.
So, Happy Birthday, Mom. I love you. I am grateful for you and all you have done for my family. Wish I could be with you today on your special day, but know that I will be with you in spirit!