Posts Tagged ‘Mom’

Happy Mother’s Day to the Momma!

May 12, 2013
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Mom and me goofing around in my teenage years!


It’s Mother’s Day and that makes me sad. I’m sad for the millions and millions of people in the world who would give anything and everything they have to have grown up with a loving, caring and supportive mom like I did. I am one of the lucky ones who was (more…)

A Birthday Letter to The Momma

September 30, 2012

The Momma and me forty years ago


Today my mom turns eighty-one. I don’t know what I did to deserve such a wonderful mom, but I am humbled and grateful to be blessed so much. With her permission, I am sharing the birthday letter that I wrote to her to thank her for all she’s done for me and to celebrate the beautiful person that she is.


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Dear Mom,

You are such a wonderful mom that it makes me sad. I’m sad for the millions and millions of people in the world who would give anything and everything they have to have grown up with such loving, caring and supportive parents. I fully realize how fortunate I am to not know their grief and their pain.

I am one of the lucky ones who was blessed with all the love a kid could ever need, the love that enabled me to grow up healthy, happy and self-confident. It was this love that (more…)

The Momma’s Encinitas Adventure!

April 16, 2012

Mom and me in the house where I live in Encinitas

I never expected my mom to visit me in Encinitas, but when my roommate planned a two-week trip to Hawaii and was willing to rent out his room, the Momma hopped on a jet and touched down in SoCal on April 3. We’ve had a terrific time! Every day she’s roamed the streets of Encinitas for an hour or two while I get some work done. She loves spending time in the Meditation Gardens on the SRF Ashram grounds and at the J Street Viewpoint overlooking the ocean, which is just half a block from where I live.

She’s also enjoyed five days of (more…)

Honoring My Mom

November 20, 2010

The Momma and me

The other day, as I was going out the door, I stopped for a moment and smiled at my mom, who was standing in the kitchen. She gave me a big smile back. I said, “I’m glad that you’re my momma!” She said, “I’m glad that you’re my kid! And I gave her a big hug.

Have I mentioned that my mom is (more…)

Love + Forgiveness = Relationship Repair

December 4, 2008

My mom and me


From the beginning, my mom and my wife were at odds with each other, and neither had any qualms about offering her opinion. I often felt caught in the middle. The conflict finally reached critical mass after I had a particularly bitter argument with my mom. I smugly wrote her a letter telling her she would no longer be in my life, and felt completely justified in sending it. What a clueless, self-righteous dolt I was! My dad told me later that my mom cried when she read the letter and had trouble sleeping for days afterward.

It didn’t take long for my mom and me to start talking again, but something important was missing. She had doted on me from the day I was born and we had always had a wonderful, loving relationship. But there was now a distance between us. I even stopped telling her I loved her because I couldn’t pretend that the purity of our relationship had been restored.

I don’t remember how long the rift between us lasted. It may have been months, but it seemed like years. Over time, it gradually dissipated until one day there was no longer any resentment or bruised feelings. We both had awakened to the understanding that love is what matters most. We also understood that we had both acted very foolishly.

My mom traces her wake-up call to (more…)