Happy birthday, mom!

It’s my mom’s birthday today, the first since she left us, so of course she’s been weighing heavily on my mind…

I wanted to share this as a way of celebrating her. Even before her passing, this story would always get me thinking of mom, and even my dad for that matter, as it’s about unconditional love and the sacrifices a parent makes in order to keep their child happy and healthy, even well into adulthood.

As I’ve gotten older, I’m now able to appreciate it from each perspective—as both the child and the parent—however today I’m reading it solely as the child.

This is one of the most beautiful stories any storyteller has gifted to the world and I can’t think of a better way to honor my mother on her special day. Happy birthday, mom! We all miss you so much. 💙