Your My Mother
By far the strongest woman in my life.
I still remember the night you sat my little brother and I down to explain why Daddy wouldn’t be coming home. First and third graders hearing wailing cushioned by the sobs of those surrounding you…surrounding us.
And this time the cruelest of Brooklyn streets were not to blame.
Heart failure bending his 34 year old 6′ 5″ frame.
It was at that moment our lives would never be the same.
Daddy; a true gentleman’s King on earth.
Our loss. They say Heaven’s gain.
I love and respect you so much Mommy.
Your unwavering fortitude and class is why I carry with me every story you’ve told and example you demonstrated before our then impressionable eyes.
I remember you working full time and finishing your college degree full time at night. Though I rehearsed the romantic stories you told of Daddy surprising you on your college campus; as an adult I now understand you put your life on hold for the dreams of others.
I remember you coming home exhausted to two teens blaring music, dishes in the sink and occasionally mediocre grades. I can hear your voice booming from the core of your chest, “If I can work full time, go to school full time and be on the Dean’s List; you have no excuse!! All you have to do is keep your room clean and give me good grades!!”
Mommy you always carried yourself like a such lady. The wisdom that you exercised, positive words and blessings you constantly speak over my life; give me life.
What you’ve sacrificed to give – forever stays with me.
I remember you saying there are things I just won’t understand until I get older or until I’m married or until I have children.
Mommy you were so right.
And I’m so glad God chose you to house our potential.
Thank you Mommy…to infinity.
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