I believe that it is incredibly rare in life to find someone that makes you want to be a better person. Someone that makes you want to laugh harder, smile bigger, love deeper, and try so hard it hurts. Luckily for me, I found that person 25 years ago. I have said it before and I will say it again, there is truly no one else like you. Your passion for service and empathy for others are qualities that make you an exceptional woman. You have always said that I have never met a stranger but the same can be said of you. I cannot recall anyone that can captivate an audience as well as you. When you speak, people listen. When you have an opinion, people want to hear it. I hope that you know how much your friends, colleagues, and family respect and admire you.
You are strong. You are committed. The word “quit” is not in your vocabulary. Because of you, I know that hard work pays off and that fighting for what you love is worth the battle scars that might come along the way. You have done an amazing job raising your daughter. Megan is confident, filled with purpose, passionate about her goals, and lives in the moment because you taught her how to be all of those things. The type of bond that you and Megan share can be summed up by her refusing to allow me to visit you at the beach two days earlier then planned because she wanted more “Mom time.”
Personally, words cannot merit what you mean to me, but I will try…As a matter of fact, I just spent the last five minutes trying to think of one time where you did not support me and I came up empty. Thank you for that. You have always known what to say and how to say it and because of that I believe that I can do anything. When I told you that I wanted to quit my full time job and pursue my dream of working for the Walt Disney Company your response was, “When are we moving you to Florida?” You are my biggest cheerleader and with you in my corner I have never felt like I am going into a fight alone.
I have had people ask me before, “What do you hope to accomplish in life?” That is a pretty generic question. I have had friends, employers, and classmates ask me that question and my answer never changed. I look the person in the eye and say, “As long as my Mom is proud of me, I’m good.” Yes, I want to be successful and accomplish all of the goals that I have set out for myself but that does not mean anything if you are not proud of me. The funny thing is I know you are reading this and thinking, “I am already proud of you” but nothing I could accomplish could possibly measure up to the pride I feel of being your son. You have, are, and always will be one the most influential people in my life. Thank you for your selflessness, understanding, encouragement, and undying optimism.
For you, Patricia Gold, everyday should be Mother’s Day. I love you.