There isn’t a card I could by to express the love I have for my mom this mothers day. Rather than use the words of some hallmark card, I’ll use an abridged version of a song I know:

“Dear Moma”

When I was young me and my mama had beef
Seventeen years old kicked out on the streets
Though back at the time, I never thought I’d see her face
Ain’t a woman alive that could take my mama’s place
Suspended from school; and scared to go home, I was a fool
with the big boys, breakin all the rules

When things went wrong we’d blame mama
I reminisce on the stress I caused, it was hell

And runnin from the police, that’s right
Mama catch me, put a whoopin to my backside

Now a father… I finally understand…
for a woman it ain’t easy tryin to raise a man

There’s no way I can pay you back
But the plan is to show you that I understand
You are appreciated

And Mama, when it seems that I’m hopeless
You say the words that can get me back in focus

When I was sick as a little kid
To keep me happy there’s no limit to the things you did

And all my childhood memories
Are full of all the sweet things you did for me

And even though I act craaazy
I gotta thank the Lord that you made me

There are no words that can express how I feel
You never kept a secret, always stayed real

And I appreciate, how you raised me
And all the extra love that you gave me

And there’s no way I can pay you back
But my plan is to show you that I understand
You are appreciated

I love you mom

– Love Always, Your Son