Happy Birthday Nanay

I was browsing Facebook the other day and saw this post. I am not fond of the posts that asks me to re-post it on my wall but this one caught my attention.  Looking back, I know I have gone through all these stages …
Tomorrow is my mom’s birthday (Maui Time) – and actually in the Philippines, it’s already her birthday.  This is her first birthday in heaven. This is the first birthday of her that we are going to celebrate without her.  I miss her so. Oh, I totally know she is in a better place – and actually I wouldn’t want her to come back here on earth in the condition she was in before she passed away – but I miss her just the same.
The other day I was thinking of how I am so much like my mom – especially in my parenting to my two wonderful kids.  Funny how that happens.  In my teenage years there were times when I thought I would not want to be like my mom when I become a parent, and yet now I do a lot of things that she did that I thought didn’t make sense when I was young.  I think she will be happy to know that she is my hero when it comes to motherhood – even with all her weakness and idiosyncrasies, I think she’s the greatest mom and loves her very much.
Happy birthday Nanay …