Empowerment · Personal

My Mother’s Strength

I was at a loss for what to write in here today. Earlier, I wrote a submission for a fellow blogger’s December blog series. I wasn’t feeling particularly blocked until I came over here to my own blog and settled down to create a post for the day.

Nothing came.

I drank some coffee, ate some cold leftover Chinese food, smoked a couple of cigarettes. Still nothing.

The mark of a strong

I thought about what I had written earlier for the other blogger, and beat myself up a little. How could those words flow so easily, and leave nothing left over for you guys? Then my gaze fell on the antique trunk in my living room.

My mother’s trunk. My favorite thing of hers. She just recently gave it to me, but in my eyes, it will always be hers. She’s had it for as long as I can remember. I can’t look at it without thinking of her. It reminds me of her solid strength. Her stubbornness. Her beauty. This trunk reminds me of her heart. Her ability to keep the people she loves secure inside it and shielded, no matter what happens outside. The dings and scratches on the trunk are evidence of its ability to keep it’s contents safe and unharmed, just as the lines on my mother’s face are evidence of her weathering incredible things to keep the people she loves protected and happy.

Today is her birthday. Today is also the day she undergoes a mastectomy. I am told this is a preventative surgery. When I talked with her earlier, she seemed upbeat and cheerful. There wasn’t a hint of fear, or worry in her voice. She sounded just as she does any other day. Even now, on her own birthday, as she is about to undergo a major and painful procedure, she is unwilling to project anything upon those she loves that may cause them worry, or sadness.

This is the mark of a great woman, and today, on her birthday, I thought the world should know about her.

The Mark of an Extraordinary


23 thoughts on “My Mother’s Strength

    1. I couldn’t believe it when she gave it to me. It’s now my most treasured possession. It is obviously a good source of inspiration as well, although I suspect that is just her energy infused within it.

      Thank you so much for reading!


  1. Happy birthday to your mom!! What a strong lady! I’d be being a big baby if I had to have surgery on my bday. Posts like these always remind me to push a little harder to be a little stronger!

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    1. Yay! I am glad to hear that my tribute is an inspiration! That’s what she does for me everyday, and now this little story of her is out there to do the same for others! Thank you so much for reading!


    1. It really is my favorite thing in the world. I feel so grateful that she entrusted it to me. It’s like having her here even though we live hundreds of miles apart. Thank you for reading!


  2. Happy birthday to your mom, she sure sounds like a beautiful and incredible woman. Reminds me of when my Aunt went through it and how inspired we all were, seeing her incredible strength and courage going through that ordeal, that’s how I felt after reading this post about your mom, INSPIRED. Sending out prayers for her😊

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  3. Wow I absolutely love this. Happy birthday to her! What a beautiful analogy about your mother. I hope all is well and sending good thoughts her way. I remember you and I briefly commented on how great moms are when they make sure to make our birthdays special.

    My family had been going through some serious things as of late and my mom has been such a rock. She called me the other day to tell me of another hurdle. I asked her if she was OK she quickly said yes. I said “no mom, are YOU ok? This is a lot and you’re handling it all.” She replied “of course baby I have to be ok I’m the momma.” My heart broke but it also sings at how strong and incredible mothers are.

    It sounds like your moms strong spirit could pull her through anything.

    Cheers xx

    Rachel | http://www.myspottedblog.com

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    1. Sounds like our mothers are similar. Lucky us to have such wonderful ladies for moms.

      Her surgery went well, and she was back home and resting before supper yesterday according to my sister. I haven’t spoken with her yet myself, I plan to call her a little later today and check on her. I have received reports though that she read this post and while it got a couple happy tears out of her, her verbal response was something along the lines of “It’s just a trunk.” Lol. I suppose it’s that type of attitude that makes her special.

      Thanks for reading! ❤

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