Thursday, 31 December 2009

Happy New Year!

Well here we are, the end of the noughties! At least it is for me here in Japan - the rest of you will have to wait a few hours.

I would love to have some profound thoughts to share with you but alas I have none. So in the absence of perspicacity all I can say is thank you. Ah, but who to you may ask? Well some that truly deserve to hear it will have long forgotten me and have no chance of reading this, such as the many people that helped my 13 years in Japan a (mostly!) pleasant stay.

One person stands out above all others though - someone who has never stopped believing in me and has given me the strength to carry on in the face of adversity - someone who gave me my own mantra "I am a fighter and I will not give in" - someone who sees the days of the week in colours (and probably responsible for my daughter doing the same).........

And I could go on, and on.........

Thank you for everything so far......

To my mother Maggie May

Some say it with flowers, I say it with music - you won't understand the words but this is for you - arigatou (thank you)

With all my love

13 comments:

Maggie May said...

Well obviously this made me cry!

Thank you, thank you, thank you. That made my day.
Thanks also for reminding me of the mantra!

Happy New Year! xxxxxxxx

Eddie Bluelights said...

Very nice thing to say about your Mum and for making her day and that in turn made my day. Hope all is well in Japan ~ Eddie

Suburbia said...

I wonder what new year is like in Japan?

Thinking of you and your family,take care of yourself

Sx

Mimi said...

Hello Sam, I was directed here by your Mum, Maggie.
This is lovely!

The Things We Carried said...

Oh, Sam, your mother is a precious woman! And this is just more proof of it! Beautiful mantra.

Wish the video were in Chinese, I would have a shot at translation.

Rose said...

What a lovely tribute to your mother! I know--even if she hadn't left a comment--that this had to make her day. Your mother is indeed an inspiration and a "fighter"--I wish her the best in her personal battle right now.

Have a safe journey home; I know your mother will be so happy to see you again.

Hilary said...

That was lovely. Your Mom is indeed a fighter.. of this I have no doubt. Thanks for making her day. :)

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Beautiful post, Sam...and you are blessed indeed to have such a mum!!! But I think perhaps that you take after her...and this post is proof! God bless you for this...you have touched all of our hearts today! Hope you won't mind...but as your mum and godfather are important to me, and as you have posted such a wonderful tribute here, I think I shall have to follow you! And so..."Hello! Allow me to introduce myself...my name's Janine! Looking forward to getting to know you!" All the best to you and yours~Janine

Expat mum said...

Aw. I have nothing else to say. I'm following Maggie and sending good vibes to you all.

Thumbelina said...

Beautiful.
She so deserves that recognition and I am pleased for you both - mothers and sons are precious are they not?

imbeingheldhostage said...

What a sweet son you are!! A great way to start Maggie's new year.

Happy NY :-)

RNSANE said...

This is a very old post, I see, but I adore your mom, Maggie May. I know she had been through a lot...and I see you have as well. I wish you all the best!

Maggie May said...

Dead link - this one works https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFs7_TDkv7c