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Given that it’s International Women’s Day I’m going to break kayfabe here for a minute and be real and give thanks to not just the strongest woman but for sure the strongest person I have in my life in my mother.
I promise this is not hyperbole when I say I was a complete and utter shithead when I was a kid, particularly as a teenager. I’m not going to go into just what special kind of shitheel I was because that’s not me any more and it’s in the past but she managed to not only deal with that but still turn me into the at least halfway decent human being and somewhat productive member of society that I am today. All without the asshole of an old man that walked out on us when I was all of 12 years old. Not just that, but then steadfastly refused to provide anything more than the bare minimum to help provide for his kids, and even that only under protest.
She did all of that as a nurse working full time shift work saving other people’s goddamn lives.
Then, just to kick life right in the dick, fought and beat breast cancer.
I’ve lead a remarkably privileged life, mostly thanks to her, but I can only hope that if I ever have the misfortune of facing that kind of adversity I can do so with even a fraction of the dignity and class she did.