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Friday, July 15, 2011

Compliment Paid



He met brilliant Doctor Paul Farmer,
the founder of  Doctors Without Borders.
He met the exceptional Maya Angelou,
her voice heard and listened to.
" Who is your hero? ", they questioned.
And he answered, " my mom is".
I felt humbled by his words.
He paid me a wonderful compliment.
I raised him alone,single mom,
for the first years of life.
He was my world, I , his.
I fed him love and books.
I nourished him with my heart.
I was his fan and cheerleader.
He says I know the details,
the wonderful pieces to his puzzle.
He says I sacrificed and struggled,
and I say it was easy,
because I love him, my son.

38 comments:

  1. A lovely compliment it is when it comes from your children.

    You have raised him well. Lovely share~

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  2. knowing the pieces of their puzzles...great phrase to describe how we want to know our kids. This is a compliment to be treasured!

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  3. Store this up in your heart (as if you haven't already).

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  4. Oh, this made me cry. How beautiful!

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  5. "her children arise and call her blessed."

    is that you in the photo? you are so pretty!

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  6. Thank you, Heaven. When he was interviewed for medical school and they asked him who was his hero, I was so humbled when he said it was me. :)

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  7. Thank you, Adrienne. I do treasure it.

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  8. Thank you, Glynn. I have :)

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  9. Leslie, that's me and my son Josh. Thank you, that's kind of you to say.

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  10. smiles. that is a testament to how you raised him...beautiful that he sees you as a hero...big smiles.

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  11. Thank you, Brian. :) Big smiles to you and your new adventure :)

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  12. Aaaaaaaaahhh...I'm all teary eyed now!

    So beautiful and such a great post.
    I wanted to quote one of lines in this post that captured my heart, unfortunately there are just so many.

    I hope when my son grows up he has similar reflections of me as I am a single parent myself.

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  13. Thank you, Ki Ki. And he will...he will :)

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  14. the details to his puzzle. I love that line best I think. But it's all beautiful.

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  15. I didn't know that you were once a single mom. This is so lovely and touches me in so many ways. It also gives me hope and inspiration. Great to see a photo of you. xo

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  16. What a boy you've raised, Ayala. What a wonderful man.

    I'm on the other end, of course, with tiny boys in arms and running in circles around me, and I can't quite see from here to where you are--but I can't wait to see who my kids turn out to be. Or how they become themselves, all grown. (Though at the same time I CAN wait--I hardly can believe how fast they grow!)

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  17. I just love this, Ayala! Made me teary! That is indeed the highest compliment possible. You've done a wonderful job raising an exceptional human being! (And as a single mom, WOW! I tip my hat to you.)

    On a side note, I absolutely hate to nitpick, and I really doubt if anyone else would notice, but Paul Farmer founded Partners in Health, not DWB. I'm a HUGE Paul Farmer fan. I've blogged about him in the early days, have read his books and just ordered his latest book about Haiti so that's how I know. Sorry to have to point this out. ) xo

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  18. Thank you, Molly. I am happy that this gave you hope. xo.

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  19. Thank you, Melissa. I understand the desire to see where the journey takes us. With my little one, which is ten years old, I hope time slows down. It does go by so fast.

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  20. Thank you, Belinda. That means a lot to me. And yes, I stand corrected. The first year at Duke University, Josh read his book. Later he met him and I was so excited because he admired Paul Farmer so much.

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  21. That's so beautiful! I hope that one day my daughter will think of me at least kindly (she's 15 now and in the eye rolling stage!) You should be proud.

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  22. Thank you, Lolamouse. Don't worry the eye rolling will go away :)

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  23. Ayala,

    Your son sounds like a wonderful young man. You must be so proud. But equally so, it is obvious he is so proud of you! :)

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  24. oh this is so beautiful ... it's making me horribly sentimental now :-) God bless you both.

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  25. oh wow ayala - this is so wonderful...tears...

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  26. wonderful!



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  27. What a lovely tribute! Such a moving compliment, as only family can stir...beautiful, as can be seen by just how many have been moved here with you.

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  28. Thank you, Chris. Sweet of you to say :)I appreciate it.

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  29. What a tremendous and meaningful tribute to you and your relationship with your son. I think as parents we always hope that this is the bond we will share with our kids when they get older.

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  30. Thank you, Rudri. I was totally humbled by this.

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