When I met your mother she was a TV producer. A lady who made it to the top in a world where almost everyone wants to be a star, on television, or have a show. She had syndicated several successful television shows, could spot talent a mile away, and had to fend off an endless supply of people who had "an idea" or "a pitch."
Before I met your mom, if you ask anyone who worked with her they would have said the last thing she would be was a mom - even if you ask her mom.
While people don't change, son, there is one truth - in our finite capacity as human beings, there is more than can be expressed.
What was inside your mom, but not expressed -- a great mom.
Sometimes when I come home you two don't hear me walking in the door- and I see the two of you playing outside: what I see is pure joy- on you and your mom's face. Your mom loves you, loves being a mom - and feels amazingly fortunate to be so.
Seeing your mom in action, knowing how hard it is to keep up with a 2.8 year old, made me appreciate more my mom. I think back to the many times my mom would make food for the school class, play with us, help us- and now as a grandmother, sees her grandson and smiles - no doubt thinking back to those days. When my mom first met you she held you easily, put a pacifier in your mouth - and your mom said, "like riding a bike, you never forget how to be a mom."
You are lucky, JJ - you have a great mom. I am lucky to have a great mom - oh, and your mom's mom - Gigi - well, it is hard to describe what an amazing person she is.
To mom's everywhere - I have a great respect for them - but to your mom, JJ, and mine, and your mom's - well- you are lucky, we both are.
|Your first ride on a see-saw with your Mom - in France|
|She taught you how to say "cheers"|
|She taught you to love snow|
|And Grandma and Grandpa Simpson's waiting patiently for dinner|
|Seeing new animals at the zoo|
|She won't toss you away, but she will toss you in the pool|
|You love her|
|She will take you for a ride in Hawaii|
|With Grandma and Grandpa Simpson - not always easy this life|
|And you can't wait for her to get back, so you try to get her|
|Your own Gigi -|
|Playing on the beach in Alaska|
|And building - always building|
|Mother's Day Dinner - with our best|