My mother is one of the most caring and selfless people I've ever met. I know this not only because she has spent her whole life raising me, but because everyone that has ever come in contact with her tells me the exact same thing. She spent my childhood trying to protect me from the threatening menaces of the world, and while she eventually had to loosen the fingers of her loving grip so that I could venture off on my own, I know that her heart never did. She is a woman that I am honored to know. She is my heart, my soul, my love, my joy. She is my friend and my idol.