Mom Turns 90 and I get all the gifts

In the next week or so, my mom, Coleen Hurzeler, will celebrate her 90th birthday.  NINETY!  Pretty amazing.  And dad beat her to the mark…he will be 93 this summer.  They still live in the home I grew up in, still drive and continue to amaze me with their energy and love.

I am one lucky guy. Together, my parents gave me the greatest gifts that any young person can get…a strong moral compass and self-confidence.  They taught me the right way and then let me stumble along that path (an frequently off that path) on my own.

What I found was that I could make mistakes and then, if the mistake didn’t kill me, recover from the mistake…learn from it…and move on with my life.  When I needed help, due to some stupid action on my part, they were there to lift me up…put me back on the path…and let me try again.  When I wanted to quit…they told me to try some more…and try some more was often all that was needed.  What I learned from all that was that the right way was, in the long run, always the easiest way and…you can screw up and recover and those closest to you will still love you.  Powerful lessons.

So…Mom…Happy 90th.  I love you with all my heart and I am forever proud of what you have done and are doing with your life.  Thanks for always being there to support me…even when I deserved no support at all.  Thank for telling me “You can do it” rather than “You can’t”.  Thanks for letting me fail so I could learn that failure is just part of the process of living a full life.  And thanks for your cheers on those times when I win or win big.

I won big when I ended up the son of Jim and Coleen Hurzeler…and now I see that the true winners are Jim and Coleen (AKA Mom and Dad).  They are successful parents, grandparents, great grandparents…successful human beings.  It doesn’t get much better than that.  Happy birthday mom.  I love you.

The accompanying picture is one of my favorite of mom. And for those of you who note that I was kinder in my picture selection for my mom than I was for my father-in-law…Hey…it’s my mom!