Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Birthday Gift

    I remember distinctly my mother, brown, short hair in her eyes, trying to teach me how to get rid of my hiccups. 
     Simple hiccups. 
     I remember drinking water in, from upside down, learning how to avoid sending it out my nose, holding my breath, breathing out, following her instructions until they were gone. I knew she loved me because she did not want even hiccups to bother me in my day.

                I wrote these thoughts down in my journal a long time ago. I found them last night when I was thinking back on my mom's birthday. We spent the day in downtown San Diego, doing things we hadn't done before. This was her birthday request. After drinking and eating the unnecessary amounts typical of celebrations, we took a tour of the USS Midway, a navy boat museum in the bay. Halfway through the tour I got the hiccups. "Too much chocolate cake", one of the docents offered. How did he know? My mom stopped her audio tour and helped me conquer the hiccups, just like she has always made my happiness a priority. 
Happy Birthday Mom!


  1. This is so beautiful and adorable! I love what you wrote in your journal about her loving you so much and not wanting your hiccups to ruin your day. The last sentence is just perfect, "I knew right then that I would know the beauty of love forever." It's always the little things in life, isn't it? :)

    1. Hey Jules. Thank you. It is the little things :)

  2. That is so sweet! I love that you wrote "simple hiccups." Ha! What a lovely mother you have :)

  3. You & your mom are so cute! I love this post. I'm such a mamas girl. I love my mom!

  4. Aw this is awesome! Thanks for sharing. It's fun to add journal pictures to a post isn't it! I did it awhile back and had a blast.


  5. Sooooo sweet. What a good memory, and how cool it is that you took time to journal about it then. :D You and your mom kind of look alike, by the way ... OK, you look a LOT alike.

  6. That's true love! Your mom sounds like such a nurturing and wonderful woman!


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