I am writing to let the readers on Kauai know that they are incredibly blessed to be on the same island today as my beautiful mother. She is without a doubt the kindest, most thoughtful, considerate, generous lady I have ever known.
She has been an incredible example to myself and our family. Her smile brightens the world in such a remarkable way and her laugh is absolutely infectious. Her health may not be what she would desire, but she never complains and always acts like everything is always alright, not wanting anyone to worry or be overly concerned. My sisters keep me informed, though, and so her personal strength constantly amazes me.
Our world today needs positive role models, and I think Lifetime should make a movie of her life. She has suffered loss, tragedy, and yet as a child I never even knew it. She made sure our family continued on, even after my father’s death, and her having to raise three children.
My grandparents, aunties and uncles were also the most awesome support, but my mom is the best of the bunch! I know God must have loved me so much to have given me my mom!
I live thousands of miles away in Texas now. I visit every chance I get. I miss her and all of my Kauai ohana more than words can express. I will return in June and will be bringing my own little family with me.
We are unable to be there in person for Mother’s Day this year, but I am asking everyone to do me one huge favor. Find the most beautiful mom on the island. You will recognize her by her beautiful smile, and let her know her son loves her more than she may ever know.
I know our island is full of beautiful women, so to find my mom, you need to look in Kekaha for the lady who makes the best mango bread on the island. Still guessing? Well it is the one and only Janet Haffner! Please give her my love, and Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful moms and grandmothers on the island!
Lots of love.
Jeanno Aquino is a resident of Texas.