Hi, how are you?! I hope all is well with you and your family.

I would like to tell you about someone who is very special to me.

She was born in Goa, India on September 10th 1948. She is the oldest of four siblings. Growing up she never had any money and used to stitch underwear for other people, to make a living. She also helped kids in the neighborhood with their studies; this was another way to make a few extra bucks. But she never complained. She went on to earn a degree in medicine from the University of Bombay and take everything that life gave to her, in stride. This special person is my hero; this person who is larger than life in my eyes is my Mother.

My mother has not had an easy life. She married at the age of 26 for the first time. She had 4 children of which, one died due to a heart condition. Then her husband of 12 years died of pancreatic cancer. I’m sure she grieved for him but she didn’t stop living. She had 3 young children to take care of and take care of them she did. 4 years after the death of her husband, she remarried. Soon after, she had me and when I was only 3 years my father died of emphysema (which is a lung condition). I still remember my mother as strong as ever. Now instead of 3 kids she had 4 to take care of. She worked 3 jobs a day, every single day. She made sure all of us went to school; she made sure we stayed out of trouble and she worked hard so that we could live a comfortable life. My siblings and I never had any reason to complain.

My mom always taught us; never depend on anyone, but you. She also taught ust that no one changes for you and you should listen to what people have to say, consider the options but ultimately do what you think is right. She always told us that her goal in life was to give her kids more than she ever had. She told me that she struggled so that we didn’t have to.

I’ve only told you a little about my mom, but through these few words I hope you understand that she means the world to me. She taught me to be me; she’s the sole reason that I even have this opportunity to write this letter to you. Till this day she is the strongest person I know, she has been through the death of two husbands and a child, but still has no regrets. She measures her success not by awards but rather by the success of her children. She has always given more and expected less.

Do you have anyone in your life who is your hero? Someone you look up to? Please tell me about him or her, I would love to know how that person has changed your life.

I found a poem about mothers online and I love the words and I would like you to read it, I hope you like it.

You filled my days with rainbow lights,
Fairytales and sweet dream nights,
A kiss to wipe away my tears,
Gingerbread to ease my fears.
You gave the gift of life to me
And then in love, you set me free.
I thank you for your tender care,
For deep warm hugs and being there.
I hope that when you think of me
A part of you
You'll always see....
- Author Unknown. I hope to hear from you soon, until then take care.Tamara1041BC.  



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