Today I was cruising along sewing away on projects...didn't let the fact that my cable in the quilt room was out bug me....just put in MR. MOM and listened while I worked. Then lo and behold the door bell rings...it is the UPS guy. I sign for the package and realize it is for me and I am trying to figure out what I am getting from Chicago, IL (of course it didn't click that my son is stationed there...duh). I open up the box and there is a bagillion Styrofoam peanuts, some jewelry cleaner, a wipe cloth, a box and an envelope. Well it turns out my baby boy (well he is actually 19 and my oldest) sent me a unique necklace. It came with the attached letter....
Medal of Honor
The Awards Ceremony
You have spent half your lifetime caring for, protecting, teaching and loving me. The following is a presentation of all the awards you have earned for doing such a wonderful job raising me.
This award is given to those who courageously press forward and keep going, even though wounded and hurt, to meet the objective.
The first year is where you really had your job cut out. Remember all those sleepless, thankless nights worrying about little illnesses, changing diapers, feeding and bathing me? I now thank you for them and award you an Honorary Registered Nursing Degree for you dedication and skill.
The best teachers would have a hard time accomplishing all you did in a few short years. You taught me right from wrong, good from bad, and most important -how to love. I hereby award you an Honorary Masters Degree in Teaching and add my sincere appreciation for a job well done.
The formative years until I left home were rough. Yet, you taught me to care for people and to cope with the last of life and living. I hereby award you and Honorary Degree in Psychology and I add to the tears of joy I feel while writing this, a tender kiss of gratitude for your love.
The last few years of wondering what I have been up to and if I will get where I am going have demonstrated your ability to always be there when needed. Even when you were not in the best of spirits, you always had enough inner strength to lift me up and keep me going. For this you have already received your award; it is a touch of kindness, protections, and peace of mind given to those worthy of them from the Ruler of Eternity.
The next award is the enclosed Diamond Necklace. Actually it is not meant to be an award, but a representation of my appreciation of all the work, effort, and love you have put into making me someone who is happy and proud to be your child. When you feel down, wear it; let it remind you that in this cold world there is warmth of my love always with you. It will last forever. I love you for having the courage to be yourself and for being the Best Mom in the World.
So that for me was the highlight of my day...month..... year....it has been hard since my guy left in April for the Navy....but the love a mother has for a child never fades...and the love for a mother is awesome.
Thank you CJ for being a wonderful son. I love you.