I love this question! When can you write and say things out loud in such a forum about people that mean so much to you? Such an honor! It’s awesome to think about people that mean so much and even more to share them with you!
You’d be foolish if you thought the first three spots here are not the names of my children. Each of my children are unique and special and yes… incredible!
They are not in any special order, I don’t have favorites but I love my children more and more each day and don’t try to tread on that.. I am still very much a mother bear!
Derek is my middle son, he’s been the no nonsense realistic and down to earth. Sometimes he’s not the easiest to talk to but there have been times when he has touched my heart with a hug or kind word. When I was pressed with a decision he was the one that reminded me I told them never to give up and take it one step at a time, so all through my challenge, I heard him tell me “One Step at A time” “Try first and keep going” So, I did and.. I passed the test.
Luke is my youngest, the baby and about to leave for college! Luke has always been my affectionate child, always a hug and a “love you”. Luke has very strong opinions and he’s extremely headstrong. He’s always been a supporter and also someone to stand in my way and let me know he feels I’m headed down a wrong path. He’s passionate about life!
Raquel is my oldest (she probably hates that) and probably not always the most pleasant of positions. She’s always been my supporter, even from the young age of 4. A good friend is one that tells you the truth, not always what you want to hear or like to hear. Raquel has always been that way towards me. I hope I get to return those favors one day
They are my friends and supporters and correctors as well. I’m beyond blessed!
Each of my children have nicknames, of which I will NEVER tell you on here, if you’re lucky to know them.. that means a lot about how close you have become to our family!
The next person who means a lot was my Grandmother. I loved to go visit her and the stories she had. There was always special treats and she taught me how to crochet. I’d sit and single crochet entire balls of yarn. She got a lot of slack from her family and at times seemed to be bullied around, but she was tough! I admired her and I believe she had a great deal of influence in my life!
After that, there is like an array of people that would fit into the fifth spot. All of which have come and gone out of my life and some that were just in my life for a moment, the young man that walked miles to visit me and for a short period in time, was my best friend. The jewelry sales man from Boardman, Ohio that taught me the importance of music. A teacher who opened a door for me to find my birth mother. A Vietnam vet who had more emotion then anyone I knew. That first person that spoke to me here or there. Oh there are so many more, but this just names a few.
I’m more then blessed!