I’m her first born, her baby girl, her only daughter and I am the sickly one. My twenties and thirties were a disaster. The autoimmune condition that frequently tortures me nearly claimed my life on several occasions. Each time, my mother rushed to my side and nursed me back to health. I felt guilty. I thought I was a burden. But to her, she was simply being a mother to me; a job that would never end.
Thankfully, over the last year my medical issues have lessened, giving mother and I the ability to just enjoy together. Recently, we chatted as we sat across from each other while eating a lunch after a morning volunteering together. We talked candidly about our relationship woes, difficulty with the children and our medical problems. No topic was off limits. No judgment was passed. We simply exchanged advice, observations and offered support like two girlfriends would do.
As we walked back towards my car, the lyrics to a song popped into my head:
“I’ll always love my mama
She’s my favorite girl
You only get one, you only get one, yeah
I’ll always love my mama
She brought me in this world”
I realized the woman beside me taught me how to be a caregiver, to give back, to be a good partner and to pray when all else fails. She wasn’t just my mother, she was and is my friend. She’s my M. F. F. (Mother and friend forever)
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