Happy Birthday to Me – Open Letter to my Mother

I would like to first say thank you for these years of life I have had. You cared for me, prayed for me. Was there as a friend, and as a teacher. Thank you for being so patient with me, and having understanding even when I did not understand myself.

You have always been there, even when I attempted to push you away. You have prepared me for this life I have lived, and while I have been from under your wing for almost half my life now and your love still envelopes me today as well as my family.

As a younger man I looked forward to a new gift on my birthday. Now 38, I realize I have had it all my life. That gift was you.

Mon, I think you for this birthday.

Your Son,

Jermal Marquis Smith |born: January 16, 1975