Life 6

Happy Birthday, Mom

My Mom looking at a lake

My Mom has always been a compassionate gardener.

She had a garden in our backyard when I was little. In her spare time, she would toil away, fostering the growth of chives, oregano, thyme, and more.

What I didn’t know at the time was that my Mom had another garden: Us, her three sons. Like her herbs, we were deliberately planted and cultivated — each an ongoing project that received her utmost care. Come rain or shine, hell or high water, she was always there to nurture us: To ensure we would grow into everything we could be.

And like her plants, my Mom herself lives by the cycle of nature; The cycle of change. I’ve watched her redefine herself, challenge herself, and mend herself for her betterment and the betterment of those around her. When her patience starts wearing thin, she grows more. When she becomes dissatisfied, she rotates the crops in her life. And when the soil of her garden of love is depleted, she knows how to fertilize it with self-care.

Over the years, she’s become a bastion of empathy and patience. But her love isn’t reserved solely for us three boys: She invests in everyone’s well-being. Ordinary people rarely extend the same care to everyone they meet. But my Mom does, and for that reason, she’s anything but ordinary.

So here’s to you, Mom: A true role model and champion of love. Living proof that people can change. And someone I’ll forever be proud to call my mother.

Happy Birthday!


Your son, Stefan


  • Reply
    Aug 29, 2021 4:33 pm

    Very well done yes your mother is a wonderful person so are you

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      Aug 31, 2021 7:13 pm

      Thank you, Ben! Same to you! It was so great to see you recently.

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    Tim Bouzovetsky
    Aug 25, 2021 1:40 pm

    She sounds like an amazing mom and this is such a lovely tribute to her. I look forward to getting to know her and the rest of your family more as our two clans come together. Cheers!

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      Aug 26, 2021 12:48 pm

      Thank you, Tim! Same here!

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    Aug 25, 2021 7:26 am

    What a nice thing to say! Hearing this will be a very nice gift for her!

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      Aug 25, 2021 10:37 am

      Thank you, Mark! I appreciate you stopping by.

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