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You gave me eyes to see the world, a heart to feel it.

You gave me ears to hear the morning song, and legs to walk the land, to swim the waters.

You gave me feet to be soothed in cool grasses, and hands to hold to loved ones.

You gave me life that I might know sorrow and joy and weakness made strong.

You gave me patience and teaching and a cool touch on a fevered brow, a small push forward when I was afraid to fly.

You gave me all and more, through pain and through love.

All I have to offer in return is my gratitude and awe and never ending love.

Thank you, Mom, for everything.

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there. We would be nothing without you.

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Art & Words: Aaron Paquette