Kindness Starts With One®

One smile. One hug. One cup of coffee. One person...

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Who's Your One?
Submitted by Marcella Montgomery

My "One" is my mom, Denise Montgomery. She is 51 years old, but she is the best person in my life. She is a Principal in North Carolina, and that occupies most of her time, but I never feel forgotten. She has been through a lot, especially this past year. One day my mom felt really bad, and we had to call an ambulance. And it got worse as the year went on. She started not being able to eat, losing weight, and losing strength... physically, not mentally. Through the worst, she made me her number one. This is one of the many reasons she is mine. Before all this happened, she had major surgery. She had to stay home for six weeks. But she still did what her school needed. I wish I could have done more for her. At one point, we are King of the world, we feel things can't be bad as long as we are together, but the next your falling, and you can't stop. This began to happen to me. I was scared. My mom was hurting, and there was nothing I could do. She has been to the hospital three times and had pain more than I could think. The best thing about my mom is that she never forgets me. I am always her number one, even when I am not the best I can be. I know my mom better than anyone, and she has always been my rock. I trust her with all my school secrets, with all my friendship problems, and she listens. Then, I kept falling. My mom is there through all of it. She was the One that pushed me when I was scared to get on the stage and sing for the first time. She was the One to tell me to get back up when I was pushed down by social injustice and help me learn when it seemed no one else could teach me.I know one day things will be better, as long as I have my mom. My "One". The one person I need most and will do anything for. She deserves everything I can give. I hope that this gives you a slight piece of why my mom is my One. When things change, my mom will stay the same. For me. I will continue to try to be as strong as she is. Thank you.