S: To My Mom Love Always Your Angel
1: A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. ~Washington Irving
3: Spring 2007 | This was our second trip to Mexico. I remember getting to spend a lot of leisure time with you, mom. The first day, we lay by the ocean after scoping out some umbrellas that were close together. I put on minimal amounts of sun screen, much to your chagrin, and decided that the umbrella was just going to get in the way of my tanning. As I read my book and talked to you, I soaked up some major rays. This was my first case of sun poisoning. Again, you were right in warning me. The rest of this week took a nocturnal turn for me, as I could not walk amongst you during the day. I was completely miserable, all because I was too stubborn to put on some sunscreen. I least I got to memorize the Bahia Principe Resort theme song with my infinite channel surfing done over the week. I have since never had sun poisoning and apply ample sunscreen. Thanks for the lesson, mom!
4: This is one of the most memorable days I have with you, mom. That day, we saw everything there was to see in San Diego—all thanks to your travel skills. We started with Eric wanting to sleep in and Dad going to meetings at the Hyatt. Luckily, this made it easy to have a girls day on the town. We started looking at the shops in the mall and then decided to catch a trolley to tour the town. We first went to old town San Diego. We looked at the shops and different restaurants. It was dusty just like an old western town. We then caught the trolley over the bridge to Coronado Island. I was so scared of being on that trolley and sitting by the window. You put your arm around me and told me that I was silly. Even so, you comforted me as we went of the ninety-degree angled bridge over the water. I was terrified. Once we touched the ground again, we looked at all of the beautiful, multi-million dollar homes. I couldn’t believe that each house was completely different than the next. We learned that there was a strict building code that homeowners on the island had to adhere to that said that no house can look alike. It was so beautiful. We were dropped off at the shopping area where we stopped to have frappucinos from a small coffee shop. We shopped around, but didn’t buy too much all day because we didn’t want to have to carry all of the bags. I guess we were pretty lazy, but it was great to finally be stress free with you after my high school graduation and all of our mother-daughter drama. We then had lunch at an Asian Bistro we ran into. I wasn’t too adventurous yet with my eating, but you loved the food from what I remember. After we got our fortunes, we walked to the old Coronado Hotel. It was Victorian and beautiful. We walked down to the beach and lay out for a little bit in the sand. As we made our way back to the hotel, we had to deal with the boys again. Before the boys started with their wining, it was nice to finally have some peace to ourselves—something that we came to truly love as I became older. I will cherish this day forever, just because nothing was pressing on us and we were completely happy in each other’s company. | San Diego
5: Summer 2007
6: Summer 2008 | New York
7: Our summer trip to New York was definitely one of the best family vacations that we ever took. Not only did we ladies trick dad into letting us shop, but also we ate like queens every night. I remember that I was not at all looking forward to this trip, but I brought a book because I thought New York wasn’t going to be my style. However, I was highly mistaken. I did finish my book in the first day, but I was so excited to go out on the town with you. Dad was in his meetings at the Marquee and Eric again wanted to sleep in late on a family trip (this seems to be a recurring theme). We walked down Manhattan and walked right by the place where they film Project Runway—this was definitely a milestone in our relationship with reality television. We went to Macy’s. We went to Chinatown, Little Italy, Barbetta’s Restaurant where we had dinner next to Walter Cronkite. We went to shows, stayed out way past mom and dad’s regular bed time, spent way too much money, and found out that waiters make a six-figure salary in New York. All to end up with a used switchblade in your suitcase when we got back to Bridgeport. Definitely one of the most memorable trips I ever had.
9: I would never have been able to get through the madness at Xavier if you would not have been there. Whether it was a phone call to keep me sane or sound words of reasoning when I was really down and upset, you were always there for me. I will never forget the first time we came to Cincinnati to see Xavier. Of course, we never got to see that it was directly located in the ghetto, but we met some pretty nice parents and students at the orientation. I was still pretty scared and was supposed to stay in the dorms with the other students. But, at the last minute, you let me cancel and stay with you downtown. We found a Cheesecake Factory, which definitely helped me settle in, and took back some cheesecakes for us at the hotel. We watched a terrible Sandra Bullock movie at the hotel and just settled in for the night. I was so happy to spend that time with you, and am still certain you were way cooler than anyone at Xavier ever could have been. | Cincinnati
11: “Hey Kids! It's Christmas time! Send me your Christmas lists when you get a chance!" Every year, it never fails; you have always gotten us everything we wanted and more for Christmas. My favorite Christmas story to tell is when about Eric. When the Nintendo 64 had just come out for Christmas, Eric asked for Super Mario with every world unlocked from Santa, under the belief that Santa would produce this miracle for him. So you went out to Toys-R-Us on Black Friday and probably stood in a five hour line and bought the N64 for and the games for him. Every day after you got the game system, you locked yourself in your room and played until you unlocked every level—never having played video games before. On Christmas morning when Eric hooked up his new present and turned it on, he found exactly what he had asked of Santa. Whenever I tell this story to people, they are astonished. Most of the time people say, “My mom would never do anything like that for me”. But, you always do. One Christmas, in the summer, and even on your own birthday, you are there for your family above everything. You always gave every part of your soul and more to us every day of our lives and continue to. No one I know could ever live up to my image of you in my mind, and no one could ever have your heart. No matter how bad things get or how far we are apart, you will always be there and it is something I know I can count on. I love you more than anything mom. You are the best person I will ever know.
21: Your arms were always open when I needed a hug. Your heart understood when I needed a friend. Your gentle eyes were stern when I needed a lesson. Your strength and love has guided me and gave me wings to fly. - Sarah Malin