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Happy Mother’s Day! (What you’re doing matters)

Happy Mother’s Day to my very own amazing and wonderful mother (Cindy Gallese)! I don’t think I can ever thank you enough for teaching me to write my own story…

An essay by Katherine Center to share with all you amazing mother’s out there!

WHAT I WOULD TELL HER: (If I knew what to say.)

You are a miracle.

And I have to love you this fiercely: So that you can feel it even after you leave for school, or even while you are asleep, or even after your childhood becomes a memory.

You’ll forget all this when you grow up. But it’s okay.

Being a mother means having your heart broken.

And it means loving and losing and falling apart and coming back together.

And it’s the best there is. And also, sometimes, the worst.

Sometimes you won’t have anyone to talk to.

Sometimes you’ll wonder if you’ve forgotten who you are.

But you must remember this: What you’re doing matters.

And you have to be brave with your life so that others can be brave with theirs.

The truth is, being a woman is a gift. Tenderness is a gift. Intimacy is a gift. And nurturing the good in this world is a nothing short of a privilege.

That’s why I have to love you this way. So I can give what I have to you. So that you can carry it in your body and pass it on.

I have watched you sleep. I’ve kissed you a million times. And I know something that you don’t, yet:

You are writing the story of your only life every single minute of every day.

And my greatest hope for you, sweet child, is that I can teach you how to write a good one.

Barb Stuckey - 05/06/2011 - 12:26 pm

This is absolutely beautiuful…a loving tribute to Mother’s and to the love and special meaning being a Mother brings to life…thank you so much for sharing…Your mom will be in tears! Happy Mother’s Day!

Cindy Gallese - 05/06/2011 - 7:34 pm

Yes, my little girl…your mom is in tears…..every word of your post is true….and I KNOW you feel the same about your beautiful, precious little girls, Ruby and Lola,,,,
you have become the most wonderful mother a mom could ever wish for…… I am so blessed………Happy Mother’s Day, Hilary! I love you so much….and even to this day “any little girl I could pick, I would pick YOU.” Love, Mom

Aunt Peggy - 05/08/2011 - 10:04 am

Hilary thanks for sharing! As I write this with tears in my eyes and love for all my children, and grandchildren and nieces a nephews, but especially how meaningful for Domenic it certainly depicts everything that Anne was and always will be, and it especially enhances the loving person that he has found for his soul mate and most importantly the Mother of his two gorgeous girls. Love always

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