My Dearest Eric's Ma
Gotta clear my throat here a moment, dab my eyes a bit.
Well. If I could speak at a celebration in honor of you, this is what I would say:
I have learned many lessons in my life... some lessons were born of adversity, some of joy; all were important. Eric's Ma and I met during a time of mutual adversity caused by addiction. I suffered with my own addiction, she with her precious son's. We came from opposite sides of the same fence, but somehow reached a mutual understanding and caring about one another. Though we seemed to meet by chance on a cyberspce forum, I do not for a moment believe it was by chance at all, but rather by Divine Intervention. I believe it was by design that we connected. As she bravely shared the story of her son's addiction and the impact of it on her family, she gave me the courage to continue to win my own battle. When I saw the courage in her own batle to save her son, it bolstered my own courage to fight the battle I needed to fight. I will always be deeply grateful for that.
I will always be grateful that she shared her son with us... and I know it was by Divine Intervention and the grace of God that Eric himself came into our midst. Smiles. As Eric began to share, it was powerfully evident that Ma had done an outstanding job in raising a son who would face the adversity of his addiction headon and become a true winner. She is an example of love, of dedication, of faith, of family to all of us.
This year on my birthday, there will be a bouquet of flowers on my table, Ma. It will be in celebration of your life... I know you understand.
Take a bow, Eric's Ma because you have earned it and deserve it.