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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Galvan

First my Mother ♥ Forever my Friend

"Mother's hold their children's hands for a short while but their hearts forever" - Anonymous. From the time you were born, until the age you are now, there has always been one person totally invested in your happiness: your mother. She wears many hats without complaining and most certainly without pay. To be a mother is to be a teacher, doctor, chef, chauffeur, nurse, counselor and so many others. This is why when Virginia aka Taty asked me to capture some mother-daughter moments with her and Gianna, I was quickly on board!

Let's just say raising teenagers have become synonymous with "trouble" and we know that creating but mostly keeping a tight bond with any teenager in this technology-driven era is tough. Mother-daughter relationships are very complex and diverse. Some mothers and daughters are best friends. Others talk once a week. Some see each other weekly; others live in different states or countries. Some spar regularly. Some avoid conflict. Others talk through everything. And undoubtedly, there’s a hint of all these things in most relationships.

One thing I noticed right off the bat with Gianna and Taty is their carefree, laughable spirits! Natural poses, bright smiles and warm personalities filled the air on our very simple photo session.

Mother-daughter bonds are so important to me. Growing up without my biological mother at the most pinnacle stages of my life, (she died when I was 14yrs old) created in me a yearn for a mother's embrace. Although God blessed me with a mother-figure and I am forever grateful for her (shout outs to Juanita!) this did not fulfill me entirely. This is why I admire mothers who take the time to create special memories and establish bonds that will never break!

Gianna recently celebrated her 17th birthday and looking from the outside of this mother-daughter duo, I know she will be an amazing young lady. I commend Taty with raising a well-rounded, God fearing young woman while looking completely fabulous herself.

With Mother's Day just a few days away, I want to salute all mothers who work tirelessly, day and night to provide and care for their loved ones. You truly are our Heroes--First a mother, Forever a Friend!


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