surprises

Happy birthday to my best friend and the best mom on the planet! Yes, I may be partial. But I’m also honest and unafraid to say the truth.

Last year at this time, we threw a huge surprise party for my mom’s 60th birthday. Turning 60 is huge. Turning 60 despite a terminal diagnosis is huger. That doesn’t sound like it’s grammatically correct, but apparently “huger” really is a word. Regardless. Every decade or even every five years requires a gigantic celebration.

pictures and memories always make good gifts

pictures and memories always make good gifts

Anyway, she had no idea about the surprise party last year, but it made her incredibly overwhelmed and happy. We went over-the-top just in case it was her last one. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect for her to hold on for one more year to celebrate her 61st birthday.

She specifically requested “no party” this year. She meant, “Please don’t do anything elaborate for me.” I don’t think she’s ever believed she has deserved the love and attention of others, but I also know that she is genuinely too tired for a crowd now.

My mom had a few visitors today. She received a magic wand that changes color that she played with for a while. She had (was fed) half of a chocolate peanut butter cupcake. But first, she made a wish.

happy thoughts

happy thoughts

Last year was a huge surprise for her. This year was a huger surprise for me. But really, every day has been a celebration.

By the way, Mom, your wish was mine.

Tori

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7 thoughts on “surprises

  1. Loretta L. Edwards

    Tori the words you write are Truely amazing. If my birthday was tomorrow my wish would be for your mom to get well. She is an unbelievable women with great strength and determination. Thank you from the bottom of my heart once again for sharing your mom with all of us know and love her. Always in my thoughts and prays. I Love you Mrs. Baczek!!!!!

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  2. Barbara Costa

    Tori, I know I have said it before, but you are an amazing daughter and the relationship you and your mom share is so very special. I wish the world was full of the love that shines through every one of your pictures and posts… Hugs, Barbara Costa

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  3. Joseph Osborne

    I worked with your mother for 5 years after I graduated. She is one kindest and most honest people I have ever met. She made my days better everytime I had the opportunity to talk with her. She is a beautiful person and the definition of a role model.

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  4. Joanne

    Tori – amazing you write so well! Your mom is so proud of you!! I know this because she had told me. She loves you the way you love her! You are a very special daughter never forget that!

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  5. Rosemary Marques

    God Bless you Tori and Happy 61st Mrs Baczek. You were one of a kind teacher and obviously one of a kind mother too. My prayers for you to be as strong as you can everyday and keep celebrating as much as you can. Prayers for all of the family. Love you Mrs B, thank you for all your help when I was in high school, it meant a lot to me.

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