HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to very special ladies, who loved us , nurtured, and shape our lives, including non-biological moms with Big Time Love.
Thank You Mom for taking care of us while we grew in you, as you felt our movements, heard our heart beating, and brought us into this world crying and kicking.
Thank you for providing for our physical needs because we were too small to change our diapers and feed ourselves; we were little gems, great hopes, and aspirations to do big things in our lives.
Mom, thank you for not giving up on dad, my brothers, sisters, and me. We know it was difficult and sometimes you wanted to call it quits and just walk out the door or walk off the face of the planet, but your Big Time Love persevered for us.
Thanks for teaching us to pray and know that with faith we can make our hopes and dreams a reality.
Thanks for the times you were pulling your hair because no one helped you and you were alone and crying. And when when you were a single mom, thank you for not taking your frustrations out on me, we saw it coming many times but somehow you maintained your temper and you managed to love us through those toughest of times.. those blessings of grace and acts of courage were Big Time Love.
Mom thank you for not beating and hurting us, like when you were raised by your hurtful and harmful parents, your forgiving of grandpa and grandma is unconditional love. We now understand how difficult is was for you to be abused yet you forgave and didn’t look back with bitterness in your heart.
Mom thank you for those times we know you wanted to go out with your friends or watch that special program but instead stayed to read and play with us.
Mom thanks for being lovingly strict with us as now we know why we had to obey; you wanted the best for us. When we were little children, we thought you were the worst mom an enemy could send, but we were wrong, you were good preventive medicine. We’re glad you held on to the medicine spoon and made us drink for our own good.
Mom thank you for the time I had to move back home because things were just not working out in my life, you took us back with your unconditional love and you were again there for us.
Thank you for teaching us that the material things in life are nice but our character and relationships are priceless that have everlasting value, it’s not the “bling” in the end that will make us sing.
Happy Mother’s Day! We love you and your unconditional Big Time Love.
By Carl Okuyama
My wife Amy’s mother’s name is Emiko and my mother’s name is Kiyoko. Now, Amy is a grandmother and is helping nurture, love, and train our grandchildren, the next generation.