To those that know my Mom will not be at all surprised that she showed up with a gift for me on Mother’s Day. That is just the kind of woman she is. My Mom is the most selfless, giving, kind, hardworking, independent, strong woman I know. I could go on and on and it still would not be enough. What some do not know about my Mom is that she became a single mother when I was just seven months old. Losing my dad unexpectedly within months of becoming a family of three had to be one of the hardest things a person has ever had to go through. But my Mom did it, she never gave up and I give her all the credit for the woman I am today. Growing up (and to this day) she worked full time, always put me first and made sure that I had a normal childhood. Now that I am older, I realize how hard it must have been to be a room parent, and an awesome one at that, while working full time and being a single parent, but she did it and so much more. I know that raising me wasn’t easy, but my Mom never gave up on me, always encouraged me and supported me no matter what. I don’t tell her I love her enough, and I don’t tell her thank you enough, so Mom, I Love You and Thank You! Thank you for everything you have done for me in my thirty-three years. I am so grateful and so proud to call you Mom.