Hampton Roads | Pilot on Line
Over the years, I’ve tried to think of ways in which I could celebrate and remember my mom, who is still alive, and what her life has meant to me as a woman, mom and wife. I know I’ll never understand or conceive all that she has given to me and the complete value of her sacrifices. What I do know is that I want to honor her life with my life, even beyond my “living” years. Many, many years ago, I became an “organ donor”, mostly so that my life could be extended beyond myself. Perhaps, that's the greatest gift and life lesson my mom imparted to me: Selfless giving and living.
Today, as I celebrate my mom and the sacrifices she made to bring me into this world, I realize I am also extending her life in me to the life of someone else, one day. If I could only imagine now, the life or lives my body could one day save, help and bless I’m certain it would be overwhelming. What a beautiful thought especially today as you each celebrate the gift that only your mom could give (life) and the unconditional love she gave and poured into your life.
Of course, there are the “surrogate” mom’s in our lives, as well. Those women birthed in us who we’ve become. The woman who “adopted” us as her own and loved us beyond a physical womb, calling us her “child”, as she selflessly poured herself into our lives. The women who pass through our lives treating us as if they gave birth to us, while holding us and simply being “momma’s” to us when we least expect or deserve their unconditional love.