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Thanks, mom

Posted: Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Sometimes the most overlooked, under-thanked, and selfless people are the people closest to us. Sometimes we take for granted those whom we love the most. This isnít groundbreaking, but itís as true as the first time it was said.

Today, mostly everyday, we should recognize these people. Since Motherís Day is Sunday, itís only fitting that this column serves as a symbol of gratitude to my mother.

It has been nearly a year and half since I moved from Alamosa to Denver. I do not regret the move one bit. In fact, I often say it was the best decision I could have made, which it was. There are times, though, that it feels like the worst decision I could have ever made.

It I can put aside my pride for moment, then I must admit in those moments when I am most homesick, it is because I miss my mom.

When I miss home, itís because I miss what my mother is and has been to me Ė a great mother, role model, and friend. I miss the cooking, the comfort of home, the I-can-do-no-wrong treatment she gives me. Home, because of mom, was the safest, friendliest environment on this planet Ė or at least it was for me.

Now that I am in the real world, I have learned that much of what was home for me I took for granted. Because of mom I am who I am. I would not be able to do many of things I have or be where I am without the guidance and caring of my mother.

So, when I miss home and I miss mom, I have to remind myself that itís because of her that I am here in Denver participating in many great things. I have to remind myself that although I would give anything at times to be home, itís because I am here that I have a greater appreciation for home, for mom.

This Motherís Day, then, the greatest thing I can think to say to mom is ďThank you.Ē Thank you for raising me the way you did and guiding me on the path I have taken. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do. Know that even when itís not said by me or Nic or Brianne or Kristin that we all know that itís because of you that we have found success in its various forms.

So, simply, thank you, mom.

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