Now that I am a mother of two, Mother’s Day has a whole new meaning to me. Until my mid-thirties it meant recognizing the strongest person I know and spoiling her on the one day that she deserves it more than any other as I remind myself that I am lucky to have the selfless, unconditional love that some never get to experience. She would remind me that “No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up.”

I understand more than ever now that she WAS right. Daily drama will pass and is a blip on the screen we call life. Her not-so-easy-life has paved a way for me that she made sure was different. How so? I recently heard the term “twice exceptional.” The definition, as they described it to me, is a child that has been dealt life’s challenges in everyday activities and challenges in the classroom. To me it meant that I have a child that is twice exceptional-period. A child that has made me a better person and a child that I want to strive to be the best I can be for him and his little brother every day. Grateful. Grateful that they chose me as their mom.

Motherhood is an honor and a gift. I tell everyone that it is the best job in the world but also the hardest job. I am very happy that now I get to celebrate Mother’s Day not only FOR my mom but AS a mom. Being the mom of two makes me “twice exceptional” also, I guess.

Happy Mother’s Day!