When I was growing up, my mom used to tell me countless times, “Regardless of what you do, or what happens to you, I will always love you. There’s nothing you can do to make me stop loving you. Even if you mess up terribly, I will still be there for you.”
I will always be grateful to my mom for her unconditional love and for saying this. I didn’t mess up too badly. But those few little messes that did happen, proved that she meant what she said.
Since every other relationship I can think of (spouse, partner, friends, even children) CAN end if you mess up too much, it is comforting to know that there is one person out there that truly loves you unconditionally and will never stop loving you, no matter what.
In the photo: mother and I, January 1972. I am now 36 years old, which is almost ten years older than mom was when the photo was taken. Time flies!