Dear Mom,

Well it's a day past your birthday. You would've been 91 yesterday. I just wonder what it would have been like for you if you were still with us. I know you were hurting all the time here on earth but I know now that you are pain free.

Mother's Day is coming up this Sunday. I always tried to get you at least a card if not a phone call to go along with it. Funny, now that you're gone it seems like the special days that we would celebrate you are even more important now. Why is that? I guess it's the fact that since you are no longer here, we appreciate you even more for all the things you did for us when you were alive.

Being adopted by you never meant more to me than it does now. I look back at how you must have felt having me as your own. Knowing that you had a son. Showing me the love that I show not only to all my kids but also the love that I have for my adoptive daughter.

I never think twice about her being my "adopted daughter". She's always just been my daughter. I look back now and think how you looked at me and how you loved me. I wasn't your adopted son, I was your son.

Thank you for always being there for me and making me feel loved. Once again, I hope you had a great birthday celebrating with all your brothers and sisters, your mom and dad and everyone else that has passed to be with you in heaven.

Til next time, always loving and missing you,

Your son

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