Dear Mama

“When I was young, me and my mama had beef…”

When I was a teenager if someone had told me that someday my mother would be one of my best friends, I would have thought they were a raving lunatic!  Back then I felt like my mom didn’t understand me at all, and that she was just trying to make my life difficult.  I’m not sure if she remembers this incident, but once when I was about sixteen I was actually mad and stupid enough to call her a bitch, for which I received a well-deserved smack across the face!  Of course now I realize that she was pretty much right about everything, and she’s only ever wanted what was best for me.

Now she is one of my closest friends and biggest supporters.  I see her several times a week, and she lets me talk her ear off about martial arts, even though I’m sure she doesn’t understand half of the words coming out of my mouth.  I can talk to her about anything, and although we don’t always agree (especially about politics ;) I know she always respects my opinions and views.  Even when I make choices that she doesn’t agree with, she’s never made me feel as though it affected how much she loves me.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!  I know you are reading this because you also support me by paying attention to what I say here, no matter how weird you might sometimes think it is.  When I was grieving over the death of Ad Yauch, you even went so far as to say that you didn’t think the Beastie Boys’ music was completely awful!  In case you don’t know, your love and support have helped me tremendously.  You gave me life, and you help make my life worth living.   Thank you, for everything. 

“Cause through the drama,
I can always depend on my mama.
 And when it seems that I’m hopeless,
You say the words that can get me back in focus.
When I was sick as a little kid,
To keep me happy there’s no limit to the things you did.
And all my childhood memories
Are full of all the sweet things you did for me.
And even though I act craaazy,
I gotta thank the Lord that you made me.
There are no words that can express how I feel,
You never kept a secret, always stayed real.
And I appreciate how you raised me,
And all the extra love that you gave me.” -Tupac Shakur

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