Happy Mother’s Day

My mother was my biggest fan. When I saw myself through her eyes, I was invincible. I drew from her strength to conquer my fears, to win my battles, to live my life. My mother’s biggest accomplishment in life was not only to give life, but to nurture it, love it, protect it, honor it, live it. My mom left nothing on the table, she cleaned her plate. She danced every last dance, took every trip, walked the walk and loved every person that was lucky enough to have met her. Even if it was just for one second, when you left her presence, you knew your life had been changed for the better.

My mother was my biggest fan. I still remember being 8 years old running up and down the soccer field as my mother cheered. It didn’t make a difference the outcome, win or lose, I was always a winner to my mom. I remember once in peewee football playing running back, I had lost my sense of direction and didn’t know which way to run. When I looked up in the stands my mom and dad were pointing and screaming at the top of their lungs “ This way son! This way son!” If not for my mom, I might have forever been known as “Wrong way Antona.”

That was my mom. Always showing me the way, always looking out for me, always taking care of me. Some of the last words she said were “Is there anything you need, tell your dad he’ll get it for you. My mom was and is an original. I miss her terribly. But every time I look into my son’s or daughter’s eyes or the smile on my dad’s face I’ll be reminded that she never entirely left, she is in all of us.

In closing, I want to direct these words directly to you mom. Mom, I know I told you many times how much I love you, but I just wanted you to know; “I’m your biggest fan!”

Happy Mother’s Day to all the great moms out there!

-Rick Antona

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