Wednesday, March 10, 2010
To Mrs. Linda on Her Birthday
The number goes without notice (even though it is an exciting one :)), but the day cannot possibly. I am so thankful to have you as my mother-in-law. Thankful for your example of what it looks like to spend your life sacrificing for others, while still maintaining your own identity. Thankful for the advice of one who has walked the path of being married to a highly devoted medical student, resident, and (eventually) surgeon, who taught me to live and love now instead of always waiting for tomorrow. Thankful for the example of loving and giving lavishly, that has blessed me and made me want to do the same. Thankful for the son you've raised to be a strong and creative man and taught how to live confidently in both. Thankful to be facing a life without my own Mom, with you by my side. Thankful for the six months (after I lost Mom) you continued to love and be there for me, even though I was angry at you for the simple and unavoidable fact that you weren't my Mom. Thankful for how you love our girls and how you turn into silly Moogie just for them. Thankful that you've made me feel like your daughter and not your daughter-in-law in all aspects of life. Thankful for all the fun we've had and all the fun to come. Thankful for you...every single last funny, beautiful, smart, creative drop of you. Happy Birthday!