Today is a special day, this Mother’s Day holiday affects everyone everywhere because everyone has a mom. It is a great day to celebrate our moms and enjoy their day with them. That is what we do each year, and that is what our plans are for the day.

I really consider myself both fortunate and blessed to have not only my birth mom, Camille but also another mom in my mother-n-law, Virginia. These special ladies are two of my very best friends. I love to spend time with both of them and (to this day) I am still learning from each of them. They are so good at telling me what I could do or what they would do given any circumstance. I love listening to their sage advice. I often even follow it. After all, Mothers know best.

I think that motherhood has a special bond associated with it. I was not able to fully appreciate this bond until I was 38 years old, and had our son John Robert. I vividly remember holding my little miracle baby in my arms on my first Mother’s Day. We were still at Children’s Hospital and it was several weeks after having him on machines and watching him lie by himself in a bed on the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. I was just grateful that he was alive and it seemed like nothing else truly mattered. I was focused and my whole mission in life was to raise this child and keep him happy and healthy.

Fast forward eight years later, that little miracle that came too early and who had cardiac defects and complications is now a very active and compassionate kid. I never thought I would see him play basketball which he loves to do. He also enjoys art, drama, dance, and swim. He likes just being busy and is a very involved child. About two weeks ago we celebrated his 8th birthday, and last weekend we celebrated his 1st Holy Communion with family and friends. We were surrounded with love. His Dad and I couldn’t be any more proud of him. He knows all of his prayers, he understands his faith and he is a really good kid that loves to share love and affection with others.

The little man dressed in white is my little angel. He has taught me what is important in life and how to best prioritize my schedule. I put his needs first. I guess that sums up motherhood. It is doing whatever it takes to get the job done. It is about unconditional love, nurturing, support and encouragement all at the same time. It is all the things that my moms have done for me over the years. I want to say thank you to them. Happy Mother’s Day to all Mother’s on this special day and to all of you who have a mom in your life. Everyone has their own challenges, but as a mom, you rise beyond them and put your kids and family first. I have had several job titles, but I am most proud of earning the title of Mom in 2007. It is a job that I will gladly do and cherish and a job that I will have for life.

Motherhood is a blessing.

With gratitude and best wishes,
Lisa Sasso, Executive Coach & Motivational Speaker

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