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Dear Mom

November 9, 2010

November 09, 2010

Dear Mom,

If you were to ask other people, my guess is most of those people would say their mom is the best. Everyone would have a lot of reasons to back up their claim and they’d all be valid reasons. I won’t argue with those people, but I know they’re wrong. They’re wrong because I know that you’re the best mom anyone could have and I know that because I’m sitting here writing this note to you right now.

It’s difficult to write something like this without resorting to a bunch of Hallmark-type clichés and I think using “best mom” is about as far as I can go. And I’m also not one for flowery prose. But I’m the person I am today because of you. You helped shape my values and my morals and you taught me right from wrong. You showed me what’s truly important in life and you helped me realize that what’s truly important isn’t always something big or something that happens to be sitting right in front of my nose. You helped me see the value in every person – no ‘buts’ – and you taught me how to be unselfish and how to be kind. You taught me the meaning of empathy, not by definition, but by example. You exposed me to things I never would have discovered otherwise, and those things have all made me a deeper, richer and better person, as well as a better human being. And not least of all, you stood by me, without judgment, despite all the mistakes I’ve made, and you never made me feel bad about myself.

I know what you’re thinking, but I do listen and I’ve always listened. I just can’t tell you that I’ve been listening (even now!) because after all these years I can’t start making your job too easy!

Happy Givingbirth Day and thank you for “borning” me.

I love you,

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 9, 2010 7:31 am

    Happy Birthday, Michael!!!! And what a sweet post. I would have to agree with you about how important Mothers are in shaping the people we become. I think Mothers are in a special category all their own. It’s way up there at the top of the list, above billionaire business tycoons and famous scientists and heart surgeons and Olympic athletes. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude. Nobody loves us like out mamas!

    Enjoy your birthday. Sounds like it will be gorgeous!


    • Michael Fishman permalink
      November 11, 2010 6:21 am

      Thanks, Marianne. And I agree – no one loves us like our moms!


  2. November 9, 2010 11:25 am

    Very nicely put. Very sweet.


    • Michael Fishman permalink
      November 11, 2010 6:21 am

      Thanks, April. And thank you for reading!


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