Gratitude – Day 1
This time of year is both the most difficult and most precious. In the hustle-and-bustle that is inevitable, sometimes it’s hard to remember to slow down and be thankful, even though that’s the point, right? So in order to keep myself in check this week, I’m going to write a blog post a day about what I’m thankful for. It may be a list, a short paragraph, an entire post or just a sentence, but everyday I’ll post.
Day 1: Thanksgiving for Tina Cain, my mother
She’s my biggest fan and the woman who empowered me to feel like I can do absolutely anything with which I set my mind. She is beautiful and kind on the inside and out. She loves the Lord with her entire heart and soul, and that love emits itself everyday in her smile and kindness to friends, family, coworkers and strangers. She is stylish and cool. She is smart and humble. My mothers is an amazing woman. Today is her birthday, and I want to take this time to celebrate all that she is.
My first memories are of her. She never felt like she was too good to play with her children. She taught me how to imagine, pretend, share and get along with anyone. She taught me how to laugh with abandon. She fosters creativity and wouldn’t let me watch anything but PBS. She transcribed the stories I told her even if they didn’t make sense and would help me bind them with a hole-punch and yarn. She was the first one to believe I could be a writer.
She may not see it, but she is a beacon of light in this dark world. Literally everyone feels comfortable when they are with her. She makes everyone feel loved and honored. She makes everyone laugh and comforts their souls.
She has sacrificed so much for me, my sister and my father. I am so thankful that of all the women in the world, she is my mother. She would do anything for us, and I’ve never doubted a day of my life. This sense of security is more than a lot of people have, and for that, I’m eternal thankful. Her everlasting love for us is powerful.
She will never admit it, and I don’t even know if she sees it, but she is incredibly talented, creative, brilliant, beautiful, strong and full of love. Just like all of us, she isn’t perfect, and too often she focuses on those imperfections instead of the talents that far outweigh them. But I just want her to know, we don’t see those. We see her aptitude, her smile and her love. I am incredibly thankful to call this woman my mother and friend. I wouldn’t be half the woman I am today if it wasn’t for her leadership and love. Happy Birthday, mom! I love you.