As I look at this picture of my mom as a kid, I can’t help but cry.

Smiling from ear to ear. So sweet. So innocent. So happy. In her glory.

Then we grow up.

Life gets hard.

We lose our smile.

We experience pain. We hurt. We suffer. We die inside.

Sometimes we’re in so much pain. Others don’t even notice it and realize it.

We slowly fall apart.

Then one morning we wake up and one of our loved ones is gone forever.

I want to smile. I want to stay young and innocent forever, just like my mom in this photo.

This photo of my mom makes me so happy and so sad at the same time. I’m crying tears of sadness and tears of happiness at the same time.

I hope you’re smiling mom, just like you are in this photo. I forget how much I miss you and love you until I see photos like this. Thank you for being a great mom. Thank you for raising me. Thank you for being there for me and supporting me. You were selfless and sacrificed your life for me. I miss you. I love you.