My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her.” ~ George Washington
So Grace began a beautiful card she brought to me this afternoon along with some flowers.
It never ceases to amaze me how wise beyond her years Grace is. At 18 she is intuitive enough to know that sometimes even mom’s need affirmation that they have done something right. When I look at Grace, I know that for all my short-comings, with her I definitely did something good.
For years I struggled with feelings of inadequacy because of psychological games my parents continually bombarded me with. Eventually I pulled myself from their toxic grasp, yet still allow myself to fall victim to their abuse because for some reason I believe that’s what “a good daughter” should do. Grace, who has witnessed this for years and now sees it for what it is, tries her best to “make it better.”
No matter how bad I think things might be, all I need do is look at my husband and children and I know, my life is good and regardless of what my parents may say, so am I. Some days, however, I do forget.
Today Grace gave me a much-needed reminder that what I do matters and so do I, and for this I am — Simply Grateful!