• Jerry L. Burrell

I've Counted On My Mom All My Life

Updated: 6 days ago

My mom's birthday is today and we usually do something really fun on or around her birthday but this year, because of the pandemic, we have postponed her birthday experience. I sent her a card to let her know how much I appreciate her having my back over the years.

Here's what I wrote in the card:


When I left the house to attend kindergarten,

I counted on you to be there when I came back.

When I ditched over 30 days of school in 5th grade,

I counted on you to figure out what I lacked.


When my 8th grade counselor refused to enroll me in Algebra,

I counted on you to stand up for me

When I moved in with Aunt Rosie in 10th grade,

I counted on you to trust and let me be


When I found out West Point disqualified me,

I counted on you to help save the day

When I decided to go to Arizona State,

I counted on you to help find a way


When I met challenges every semester,

I counted on your encouragement and support

When It looked like things were not going to work,

I counted on you being in my court


When I graduated from Arizona State,

I counted on you to be in the crowd

When I had 12 jobs in 2 years,

I counted on you reminding me mistakes are allowed


When I found the place I was supposed to be,

I counted on you to help me grow

When I was able to enjoy past birthdays with you,

I counted on you to know how much I appreciate your example, your sense of adventure, just being with you

and here we are in a pandemic miles apart and I realize I’m still counting on you


This year I turned 56 and you 78

We have to have birthday fun at a later date

As your son, I count on you and I miss you mother

Reviewing the past 5 decades I see we’ve actually counted on each other


When I was 12, you were 34. 1234

When I was 23, you were 45. 2345

When I was 34, you were 56. 3456

When I was 45, you were 67. 4567

In 2020 we are 56 and 78: 5678


All of your children believe you are the best mom ever!

Know that we love you

Enjoy your birthday and stay safe

We are counting on you!



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