She lovingly said, “ I already have the most valuable presents in my life - the two little gems I have been gifted with.” I pivoted my feet to face Mom, who understood I had no clue of what she meant. A beaming, radiant smile spread across her face and with compassion in her voice she said, “I mean you and your brother. Both of you are the most beautiful gifts I ever had and ever will have.” For several moments among all the hustle and bustle of holiday cheer, it seemed as if the whole mall was empty and it was just Mom and I standing side by side, speechless. It felt as if we were in a movie and a shocking secret had just been revealed. Finally, one of us speaks, and it was me. “Mom, I just don’t know what to say. You are caring, generous, loyal, trustworthy, compassionate, and above all, loving. I know that many children will say to their mothers ‘You are the best mom in the whole wide world’, but you do not, under any circumstances, fall under that category. You fall under the category of: ‘You are the most culminating mom that ever was, ever is, and ever will be’. Even that will not describe you, but it’s the best compliment I can give to the most precious gem in my life.” Mom’s benevolent smile signaled I was in for something wonderful. She replied, “Well, the beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder,”
I didn’t really expect her to say anything in return; but those few, powerful words changed the way I interpreted the world. They may have sounded very short and simple, but the meaning of those influential words touched my heart forever.