Happy 96th Birthday Mom.
You look so happy in the picture. Seeing your smile makes me happy, and I’m sorry I’m not with you today.
When I talked to you, you managed to say the words “thank you” but I had to finish your sentence when you tried to answer my “I love you” with “I love you too”.
I think the words are there but they take a detour before they can come out of your mouth. I wonder if you know there is a deficit and I wonder if that frustrates you?
You seem happy now. A simple kind of happy. This stage is so much better than the angry stage.
Your body is strong for 96 years of age. Your mind has been going for a very long time.
It doesn’t matter today. Today is your birthday. A day to celebrate you, just as you are.
I love you Mommy. Always have, always will. No matter what.