Friday, May 7, 2010

Happy Mother’s Day

My mom and I don’t seem to always see eye to eye on things but I don’t think she realizes how much I’ve appreciated the things she has done for me through the years.  Indulge me, if you will, as I dedicate today’s blog to my mom.  

I appreciate…

... that although I was raised in a country where religion was frowned upon, my mom made sure I had a Christian upbringing.  Taking me to church and teaching me the Lord’s Prayer was a top priority for my mom even though it didn’t make her very popular among the citizens of Cuba.
Actual Cathedral we use to go to in Cuba

… that she left her country to come to the United States to give me a better life.  After 40 years of living in Cuba with my grandparents, my mom was very courageous to come to a new country, learn a new language, and raise a daughter -  all on her own.
My VERY pregnant mom

… that even when things were tough financially, my mom always found a way for me to have everything I needed.

My mom, me and my grandma.

... her determination to win her continuing battle against breast cancer. 

… her unconditional love for my boys.

And last but not least, and this I've realized after having kids of my own, I am thankful for all the little day-to-day sacrifices she made when I was young.  The “little” sacrifices like when she was tired from a long day’s work, yet she sat and played dolls with me with a smile on her face.  The “little” sacrifices like when she drove me and my girlfriends to Sonic for  chocolate shakes (at 2:00 am).  The "little" sacrifices like driving me to get my hair fixed for prom when I had accidentally died it green (long story).  And the list goes on and on. 

Mom, for every time you've felt unappreciated, please know that I do recognize the things you do/did and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

Yanet  IIIII
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ABBYTRU said...

Beautiful and very sweet note to your mom.
She is very proud of you and thanks you for this amazing note for Mother's Day.
Sentimental and happy at the same time.
Received email from a friend telling me that you, Yanet, are one of the wonderful young Cuban exiled that understand all the sacrifices our parents make for our children for them to have a better life, education and number one Freedom.