(Photo courtesy of Michele’s birthday in 2015)
…Mummy! I know that it may be awhile before you read this, but the sentiment will keep. If I ever had any doubt about the type of person that you are (which I never have), the outpouring of love and affection from your family, friends, doctors (who else can charm the uncharmable into loading them up with pastries) and even the people who work in your building are a lesson to me on how to live a good life. Whenever people talk about you to me, it’s always about how wonderful you are, what an inspiration you are, how sweet, and how you never complain. It’s all true (except you, sweet? Please.).
I’ve seen first hand your triumphs and your challenges. Your triumphs are usually winning a bet with me like our Super Bowl bet. In my defence, I know nothing about football, but at least I never welch when it’s time to pay up like some people that I know. Nothing makes you happier than beating me – luckily for me, I don’t lose often. Although you may lose the odd bet, you are one of the sharpest people that I know. You are also quite a little socialite. Your phone never stops ringing – another testament to how much you are loved by your family and friends.
I admire you for so many reasons, too numerous to count really, but watching you face adversity this last while has really shown me what you are made of. You never quit, you never give up, and I’ve never been prouder of you. Whenever I was sick as a child, you would come into my room as I lay in bed, checking on me, taking my temperature, or just trying to comfort me. You looked down at me, and I looked up at you, reassured that I would feel better soon because you were there to take care of me. I know that it’s frustrating to now be in a position where the roles are reversed, but I still look up to you. That won’t change.
You are still the strongest, smartest, funniest woman that I know. You have a curiosity and interest in so many different things. You have the best sense of humour. I’m glad that we still have moments where we can laugh. I’m grateful to be your daughter, and I’m so grateful to get to celebrate another birthday with you.