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The greatest gift I ever received by far is you
Not was, but Is

The proudest thing I’ve ever been is your Mom
“Is” is the key word again

The heartstrings hum louder today with the vibration of distance
as I prepare myself to witness the outside world
and the public celebration of Mother’s Day around me

Though mine is inward and quiet
Still I celebrate being a Mother
Still I am forever one, forever yours
No matter the distance

Still I celebrate
All the wonders of you
And all the joy you continue to fill my heart with

Being your Mother has been
and continues to be, a privilege

You are,
have always been,
and continue to Be
the greatest gift in my life

Always your presence remains
Falling gently on me like stardust
Forever brightening my heart within


You are,
have always been,
and continue to Be
a miraculous ever-present force

Mother’s Day for me will always Be
loving and embracing all the wonders of You


About the Author

Maria Sallese

Maria Sallese lost her 26-year-old son to suicide in 2019 and joined the Alliance of Hope forum shortly after. She finds hope and healing through writing and wishes to help others by sharing her words. Maria can be reached at: sallese.maria@gmail.comRead More »