Happy Birthday Mom!

I’d like to take a few moments from the travel blog and side-track just a little bit.

It’s my mom’s birthday on Nov 28. I think she’s turning 74. (Sorry if I got that wrong, mom!)

And she is not just an amazing mom, she’s one amazing person.

Someone once told me that there are two types of people: givers and takers.

Well, I don’t know if that’s right, but if it is my mom is the epitome of a giver. The older I get the more I realize that.

I now consider myself as extremely lucky in getting to know her less as a mom and more of a full human being, a friend who I can go to if I need unbiased advice, a sympathetic ear or a just a lunch companion.

I have relied on her in countless ways, and she has relied on me occasionally too. I like that. Less mother/son and more respected adult.

There’s no way I can ever repay for all that she has done for me. Instead, I try to live my life in a way that is respectful of the values she has taught me.

I won’t always get it right, but when I do fail the blame belongs to me, not the way I was raised.

I love you, mom, and I hope it’s OK to say so publicly like this.


Today is filled with domesticity. Laundry. Short trip to the pharmacy. Catch up on some long-neglected correspondence. A day without excursions and other plans. And that suits me fine.

I’m travelling tomorrow & won’t get into my Darwin hotel until well after midnight. That means no blog entry tomorrow and maybe the day after as well, but I’ll get back to blogging soon afterwards.


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