Date: May 9, 2021
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Interstellar News: In May 2018, my husband and I drove up to NJ to pick up my Mom and move her down to NC to live with us. We had no idea how long she had left, but knew she couldn’t live alone. She lived with us in our new-to-us house for 7 months and passed away in January 2019. 2018 was the years of lasts for us… her last birthday, last Mother’s Day, last Thanksgiving/Christmas, and last new year. It’s been an incredibly difficult three years, mostly due to the pandemic, but I have not been without mother-like people in my life.
There’s my step-mother, Roberta, who has never tried to be my mom and does her best at keeping my dad in line. She thankfully does not take after any Disney step-parents.
There’s my mother-in-law, Debbie, who is the kindest soul on the planet. Her prayers are so sincere and genuine, and she loves my cooking.
There’s my work mom, Jasmine, who has been the best mentor I’ve ever had. She is probably the only reason I was accepted into graduate school and will probably the only reason I pursue a PhD.
There’s my NY mom, GraceAnne, who has warmly accepted me as one of her children. She gives the best hugs, shares the most beautiful pictures on social media, and is the biggest champion of her son’s many accomplishments.
There is my godmother, Linda, and my Aunts, Dolores and Virginia, who all check in on me from time to time.
There are countless other moms in my life: my cousins, my close friends, my sorority sisters, my co-workers, my single mom friends, my fur mama friends, and all of the other folks who identify as a mom in some way or another. The teachers, like me, who call their students their “kids” and can’t imagine ever leaving them. Today is a day to celebrate mothers of all kind, be they were birth moms or adoptive moms or just feel like a mom.
All of these wonderful and strong women have helped me to be the person I am today. Happy Mother’s Day to them, and to all who read this today.