Words Not Left Unsaid

I am honored to take part in Coach Daddy‘s “6 Words” challenge.

Eli’s assignment for us:

July is Freedom from Fear of Speaking Month. I want to give people an opportunity to say something to someone – or the universe – that they haven’t yet, for whatever reason. What would you choose to say, in six words? The topic is up to you.

(Check out Coach Daddy to see all of fabulous the entries.)

My first inclination was to use this opportunity to rant about a certain someone who is turning the presidential race into even more of a circus than normal. But I’d rather not think about “he whom I will not name”, let alone write about him. By the way, kudos to Huffington Post for relegating his antics to the “Entertainment” section rather than “News”.

But no, I prefer to be positive. Upbeat. Happy.

So, I took a bit of poetic license and, rather than writing something I would otherwise be afraid of saying, I’m going to use this opportunity to share thoughts I’m afraid of NOT saying. Or not nearly often enough.

Consider this a great big public thank you note to those who have filled my life with happiness and purpose.

I am me because of you.

Thank you.

To my wonderful husband who has loved me and cared for me and supported me in all my dreams, through tough times and celebrations. Thank you for going along with my wacky plans while keeping me out of trouble when necessary. Thank you for being you and always, always letting me be me.

I am me because of you.

To my children who have brought me constant happiness since the day you were born – thank you for your enduring love, your constant encouragement and for overlooking my many mothering mistakes. Raising you has been a privilege and a joy and the most important thing I have ever done.

I am me because of you.

And to my children-in-law, thank you for loving my children, for taking care of them, for being always by their side and appreciating the fabulously wonderful people they are. You are pretty wonderful yourself. I should tell you that more often.

Thank you to my adorable and perfect grandchildren who make any sad day a lot easier to cope with and make every other day gleeful beyond imagination.

To my 97 year old step-father for showing me the importance of taking care of yourself and always staying active both physically and mentally. A fine example of staying young by thinking young!

And to the rest of my family. I don’t say it often enough but I appreciate the enormous blessing of being part of such a loving and close knit family. You inspire me.

Thank you.

I am me because of you.

To my friends:

The moms & tots families – raising our children together I experienced the gift of being part of a nurturing community, one we have continued long after our mornings with apple juice and blueberry muffins. Thank you for welcoming me back into town with open arms and warm hugs.

To the Notre Dame group – who knew that, when fate threw us together 40 years ago, we would form a bond that would last a lifetime? Thank you for your kindness, generosity, loyalty and love. Distance does not keep us apart. And for that I am ever so grateful.

To my special girls – I can’t imagine my life without you. In a million ways every day you show me examples of what grace, benevolence and love truly mean. Your friendship is my everything.

I’m a very lucky gal with dear friends who hold a special place in my heart and bring me happiness every day.

I am me because of you.

Finally, to the most amazing person I know:

My mom.

As a young widow you raised four productive, fun, interesting and respectable adults and taught me everything I know about being a mother.

You taught me to never fear challenges and to always embrace adventure. You taught me to be polite and kind, always looking out for others.

You taught me the importance of education for education’s sake.

By your example, I have learned to stay positive, even when it is hard to do so, and to always look to the future with optimism and hope.

You taught me the value in choosing to be happy.

For these things and so many more, with all my love, thank you.

I am me because of you.

It’s true:

Lucky gal

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  1. What a wonderful and uplifting post Mo, and such beautiful tributes! I’m delighted Eli’s blog led me here.

  2. BEAUTIFUL! This should be required reading for anyone who’s having a bad day.
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  3. Beautiful words Mo 🙂

  4. Thank you for reminding us that the most important things in life are intangible: family, love, friendship, optimism, loyalty and support. Well done.

  5. This is such a beautiful tribute to all the many persons in your life ! Thank you for the very kind words about me & the day you were born I knew that we were all blessed with a true gift. We love you!!

  6. I really loved this post, it brought tears to my eyes. It is so easy to take the people who mean the most to us for granted. What a beautiful tribute to those you love, and to you that so many people love you too. XXXOOO

  7. L💙VE this!! I am Me because of Mo!!

  8. Well that post was just a pleasure to read! It is so important to take stock of our many blessings, and all the people who have contributed to our lives in such positive ways. Your Mom sounds terrific – not an easy assignment raising 4 kids alone for sure!
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  9. I wish I had worn waterproof mascara. What a beautiful testament to the ones you love!! So sweet.

  10. This is lovely, Mo. I believe it too – the people in our lives help form who we are. Like you, I’m lucky to have so many wonderful and amazing people in mine.
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  11. Such a wonderful tribute to the folks in your life, Mo. I was grinning over the preschool references and tearing up over your notes to your mom. You had me all over the place. It was lovely.
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  12. Nicely done, Mo. Thank you for contributing, and for this thoughtful extension of the idea. I love to see where the six words lead us.

    • When you first posed the question, I had no idea that it would take me to this type of post but I’m delighted that it did. Thanks for the opportunity to participate and to give this public shout-out.
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