I was looking through my old photo albums and I came across this picture that brought back many memories. I was about five years old when this picture was taken and, strangely, I am able to remember some parts of this day. I remembered how much effort my mother put into choosing the perfect outfit and how carefully she picked the right shoes to match. I remembered her warm touch as she brushed my bangs and tucked my hair behind my ears. I remembered the expression she had on her face when she took a step back after putting on my headband. Her face glowed with pride and she softly nodded her head in approval as the photographer guided me to sit on the chair that was positioned in front of the camera. Even as a child, I was more mature for my age and I was able to quickly understand what was going on around me. As I posed and followed the photographer’s instructions, I would occasionally glance up at my mother to see her smiling a smile that I’ll never forget.
Now we don’t talk as much anymore, but moments like this reminds me that I am blessed to still have her in my life. We don’t ever talk about our feelings because we are both too stubborn and prideful to do so, but I know the love is always there.
To My Mother,
I love and appreciate you.
Someday, you’ll smile at me again like you did during this particular day. I’ll make sure of it.
Until then, I’ll try my best to take care of myself because I know there’s nothing else in this world that you would want but for me to be happy.
I only wish for you to continue to be healthy and to be the strong woman that you’ve always been.
It won’t be long now that I’ll get to stand in my own spotlight and shine brightly, not only as your little girl, but as the woman that I am today because of you.