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I can think of no other woman in my life that has made me the person I am today, other than my mother.  She is my best friend and taught me how to be driven, dedicated and determined at a very young age. I can remember going into stores when I was probably around 3 years old and asking my mother how much something cost. Even though she knew the answer, she never would tell me it, as that was just too easy. Instead, she would have me go find the sales associate and politely ask them for the price. If anyone who knows me, knows that this one simple learning lesson she taught me truly shaped the person that I am today. I am never too afraid or shy to ask questions about anything.

From an affection standpoint, my mother was always caring, loving and nurturing. As an only child I was lucky enough to have my mother turn into my best friend over the years. It was her and I exploring the world as my father worked third shift.

While we didn’t have much money when I was growing up, she did everything she could to provide me with what everyone else in school had.  On the weekends we could sometimes go to the consignment stores to see if we could find any I could wear to school and many times we did. I believe that these “hunt for the deal” trips she would take me on, helped shape the bargain hunter I am today.

I can confidently say that without my mother in my life, I would not be the mother or woman I am today. She is my best friend and one amazing woman.

To my “Mimi”: Thank you for being such a loving and caring mother when I was growing up and for today, being my best friend. I love you so much, more than words can describe, and I know that you are here for me whenever I need you and I want you to know that I will always be there for you. You are such an amazing person, mother, wife and grandmother! Happy Mother’s Day!

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