There is a void felt for sure if your Mom is no longer with you. Are you in that boat with me?

You pretty much can't enter the month of May without knowing that Mother's Day is looming. Then you start to get bombarded with advertisements for what Mom really wants for her special day. Where she wants to go, what she wants to eat. Frankly every day should be as special as you can make it for the woman who gave birth to you and helped to raise you. But what if your scenario is a bit different than that?

I'm adopted. I was given up at birth. When I got old enough to understand that, I grew to truly appreciate what my "birth mother" had done for me. She gave me a better life. She put me in the hands of the two people who would nurture me until the day they died. The woman who raised me is, and always will be, Mom. Like many mothers and daughters, we could fight like cats and dogs. But no one, and I mean NO ONE would fight as hard for me than my mom. Adelaide was petite, but she'd throw down with the best of them to stand up and defend me.

Both of my parents have been gone for quite a few years now. Mom and I were often at odds towards the end of her life, but we still knew how to hug it out and say I Love You. As far as the perfect Mother's Day gift goes, that's up for debate. What I know to be true is that my Mom kept all of the cards I ever gave her, and as far as the gifts went, all she wanted was for us to spend time together. I think we'd all do well to remember that.

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