For My Mom

You were always there for me. To celebrate my triumphs, to hold my hand when I fell. Every childhood memory is wrapped around you. Your quiet strength, your iron will, your ability to hold our family together. Our family was you. You were the center, and from you we flowered and grew. I laughed with you, I cried with you, and I became the adult I am because of your guidance.

You encouraged my dreams and pushed me toward success. You always believed in me, told me there was nothing I couldn’t achieve. With you at my back, I knew I could fly. No matter what happened, I knew I could count on you to be there with me. I will never be able to thank you for the years you stood by my side, unjudging, always accepting, no matter the mistakes I made. Through it all, I felt your love.

Our family continues to flower and grow, its petals scattering in the wind, but still, you are the rose of my heart and always will be.

I miss you, Mom. My heart hurts without you. I’ll always love you.