Happy Birthday

October 30, 2006 at 12:53 am | Posted in Home, moi | Leave a comment

First published March 22nd, 2006

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To my mother, who would’ve been 50 today.

My mom was my soulmate, my nemesis, the other side of my self in many ways. She is who inspired me to become a feminist in more ways than I can consciously realize.

On today, her birthday, I’m at a loss to know what to do. How to celebrate someone’s birthday who is no longer here?

Like the capitalist spend-a-holic who loved luxury that she was, I’m going to get a facial and a haircut at a pricey salon in her name.

My mom and I didn’t talk much. This nemesis of mine, all she wanted for me was to succeed. Our goals didn’t match, necessarily. But I know she wanted the best for me.

What am I doing with my life five years after she died?

Have I succeeded how she would’ve wanted me to?

Or am I just sliding along?

Perhaps the best way to celebrate her today is to recognize my own accomplishments. Accept them for what they are. And determine to continue forward to be the person not only that she would want me to be, but that I want to be.

Happy Birthday Mom.

– Artemis

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