Saturday, May 12, 2012

This One's for You, Mom

I never understood why my mom preferred the lazy river. On any given water-park trip, you could always find me in the tidal-wave pool, body surfing the waves and loving every second of it. After I would tire out, I had to face the task of tracking my mom down in that lazy loop. I would wait—always in the same strategic spot—for her face to appear. When it did, I would smile and we would float on together.

It’s memories like those that bring me immense joy now, six years after she passed away—floated on without me down the river.

The bond between a mother and her child is innately intimate. One could say it’s a result of nine months of nurturing and connecting. But a mother doesn’t just physically give birth to you, she helps you give birth to yourself; there’s a deeper connection—magic, even—that transcends the womb. And it all begins with a look.

It’s the same look my mom gave me throughout my childhood, and even my teens. It says, “You are beautiful” and “I want to give you the world” simultaneously. It’s a look of absolute commitment and dedication. It’s a look of unconditional love.

On this Mother’s Day, more than ever, I’m reflecting on that unconditional love—and how much I miss those looks and those adventures in the water park. It’s the simple things in life we take for granted. Tell your mom you love and appreciate her—not just on Mother's Day, but every chance you get. Because you never know you’re saying your last goodbye when the words leave your lips.

She always said I had a gift with words. Well, mom—this one is for you; I will always love you and work to make you proud.

[Photo via @Doug88888 on Flickr

1 comment:

  1. You write beautifully, Chris. Your Mum (Mom!) would be so proud of you xx