Everyone falls in love with my mother the first time they meet her. It's her voice. She has the prettiest drawl you'll ever hear. She adds extra syllables and everything comes out like a song. And she says things that I've never heard another person say like "Howeeeeedoin?" and "I swonny" and "I don't give a kitty". She says "Yes Ma'am" to women who are 30 years her junior. And her laugh...it's the most delightful thing.
I talk to my mother every single day, sometimes many times a day. She keeps a mental list of all the things she has to tell each of her children. Sometimes I hear the same thing twice and Jessica doesn't hear it at all. She tells me all about the cute things that Maggie and Seth say and do. She tells me when people die or get married. She tells me about the church functions that are all lined up and doctor's appointments and shopping trips. But mostly we just talk.
She's still my mother, that's for certain. I get a good dose of advice and chiding and reminders and lessons. But now she's my friend too...the closest friend because she knows me so completely.
I'm everything I am because you loved me.
Happy Mother's Day, Momma. I love you so very much.