I mark her birthday every year by thinking about my most beautiful memories of her, as she wanted. This year I found myself waking to remember something she said a few weeks prior to passing away. She knew the end was near, and told me that she needed nothing else in life. She had it all.
I couldn't possibly understand that day. I thought of all the places she hadn't been to, food she hadn't tasted, and dreams she had that she hadn't yet lived.
This morning I woke with clarity. I could die today, and I too would need nothing more in my life, because being a Mamma is truly such a gift, like nothing I had ever felt before or dreamed of feeling. My love for my daughter explodes out of my heart and fills me with eternal joy, getting somehow bigger and deeper each day.
Today, I wish my Mamma a Happy Birthday wherever she may be, and thank her for loving me endlessly.