Sunday, May 13, 2012

Would you like to meet my Back-Bone?

Matsuka painting in her studio.
(someday this picture will be worth thousands of dollars!)
My Mama.
She loves me.
Even loves the things I hate about myself.
She helps me stand up straight and make good decisions. 
She lets me cry and be selfish. But only to a point, then she gives me a swift kick in the pants.
She helps me with the kids when my sadness overwhelms me to the point I can't face them.

When my biological father left her 7 months pregnant with me and my 2 year old brother, took the only car they had and then said horrible things about her to all their friends, she didn't just lie down and give up.
She scrounged out a living for us as a waitress, building year after year until we were comfortable.
She didn't even have all the friends that I do, she was completely alone.
Except for her faith.

She is an overcomer and knowing I have that in my blood, makes me feel like facing each day.
I love you, Matsuka.
Thank you for showing me what is really important.
Happy Mother's Day!


  1. ((((((Shannon)))))) you are so fortunate.

  2. Beautiful post. Thanks for sharing her with us.

  3. Beautiful woman. Beautiful love!

  4. Wow Shannon, your mom would be a great example for have been blessed to have her for a mother...God bless you both!

  5. that is really beautiful shan - you inherited her strength...

  6. How wonderful - what would we do without our Moms?!?

  7. She sounds like a strong, dependable woman. I love her studio..gorgeous painting/ wallpaper? I can see she passed on the love of creating to you as well.
    Hope you had a great day, yourself.

  8. When I was young, I thought the worst thing that could happen to me would be to become like my Mum. Now I have lived long enough, and I know I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY as to become my mother. It is obvious you have a Mum like that. Someday soon you will think, with joy: "Thank goodness I have become my Mum!". Happy Mother's Day to you and all the special "Mums" in your life.

  9. Happy Mothers Day to both of you! XOXO

  10. And your daughter will say the same thing about you one day, too!
    You learned well and are setting a strong example. :)

  11. You brought a tear to my eye with this one! What a beautiful post and tribute to your mother! No wonder you're so strong and creative! My Mom's gone so I can't tell her much I now understand her, but I see that you already understand your Mom in lots of ways, a real blessing and I know you cherish it!

  12. Lovely tribute to your mom Shannon. It's important for mama's to hear these words from their kids. It certainly gives one the strength to soldier through difficult days.

  13. What a lovely tribute to your mom. She sounds strong and incredibly courageous and I'm sure your more like her than you know.

  14. That is so wonderful! You are so lucky to have her. <3

  15. There is no substitute for a mother's unconditional love

  16. That is an amazing story...what a strong women she is to pick up the pieces at 7 months pregnant and with a an inspiration...I am so happy you have her to help you through this transition in your are lucky to have each u hunny....xox


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