For the upcoming Mother’s Day I’d like to appreciate some of the many gifts my mother has given me.
heart music, a photo by David Drexler
Gift #1: My mother told me very young that every person on earth matters and is just as important as everyone else. This perspective struck a deep chord in me, and I’ve tried to hold on to it my entire life. How simultaneously subversive and utterly logical it is. It’s not always easy to put into practice, but that’s another story.
Gift #2: She has always loved me, and she let me know it, too. Even when she was upset with me, I’ve never doubted, ever, that she loved me. I know that I am loved.
Gift #3: She taught me to enjoy music. When I was little, we were lucky to have musical instruments and records, but those wouldn’t have mattered as much without her example. She currently sings in three or four choirs—I forget exactly—singing makes her happy. And music makes me happy too.
Thank you, Mama!
What do *you* appreciate about your mom?