Dear Mom

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My favorite artist growing up was Bob Marley.

I’m not sure you would remember these moments the way I do.

We would hop in the car for whatever occasion, I’d buckle my seat-belt and wait for you to insert a pick between one of three of our favorite albums.

I was only five years old.

You moved us to a foreign country with a foreign tongue.

How silly I feel now, thinking I had it harder than you..my 28 year old, single mother.

The engine would run, and a track from the album of Legend would begin to play.

‘Could you be loved, and be loved’…

Driving along streets that we could not read or recognize.

I will always remember the pure feeling of content I felt next to you in that tiny, broken down car at a time where my world was completely and utterly unfamiliar.

Funny, how the smallest of things manage to bring the greatest joy.

Out of tune sing a longs with you, my young, brave and beautiful mother to an artist I grew ever so fondly of.

You gifted those memories to me, an intangible gift I can cherish forever.