Hi Mom, there’s one song that has always reminded me of you and thrown me into a time I have no memory of, but really take joy in imagining.
A long time ago, you played “To Zion” by Lauryn Hill, and you told me that you used to dance to the song while you were pregnant with me. (For the record, I have a lot of weird childhood memories that may or may not have been dreams and imaginary scenarios, so if this didn’t happen, we might need to start having conversations about my memory problems).
Anyway, the good news is that I have never danced to this song while pregnant, because I have never been (thank god), but even better news is that I have danced to this song hundreds of times and thought of you every one of them. It’s my go-to place when I’m feeling a little homesick, or uncomfortable, or having a melancholy day that could use some hugs. This song is like a hug, and I’m not sure that I ever told you you’re the reason why.
Happy Birthday to the most incredible woman I will ever know. Thank you for everything you’ve done!