Nana, you did something so beautiful by raising my mom the way you did. You may not realize it, but it freed me.
You instilled values so deep, my mom chose the hard way instead of the easy way forward. As a result, I no longer feel I must do what is culturally expected of me. I feel free to explore what I am here to do. Maybe you didn’t realize this is what would happen, but for your part, I am infinitely thankful.
I’m also thankful you taught my mom cleanliness and care for her style and appearance that she passed on to me.
You taught her manners and the value of education, which she taught me.
You taught her to caringly cook for everyone.
You introduced her to nutrition and supplements. And she did this for me.
You showed us the simple joy in coffee and in saunas.
You taught us to love holidays, celebrations and traditions.
And for all these things and more, I am thankful.
Merry Christmas. I love you, Nana.