SARAH FERGUSON, DUCHESS OF YORK
"Thank you my Dearest, Darling Mum, for your vibrance, for your beauty, for the way you glided like a swan when you entered any room."
"Like most mothers and daughters, we've had our 'moments.' But there is no one that I trust, and appreciate, more than you. You are always the first person that I call in times of need but also in times of triumph."
"You inspire me to be a better mother, and I have often said it was you who taught me to be "grateful and graceful" - which are words that I truly live by to this day..."
LISA PAGE ROSENBERG
"When we brought our newborn son home from the hospital, you greeted us at our door. The house was clean, the laundry was done, and you had just pulled an apple pie from the oven... You refer to me as "your pleasure and your treasure." You are my teacher, my champion, my mentor, my mother. I love you so."
"Whenever I wear flip-flops or look down in the shower, I see your long toes and small feet. But my feet have never traveled long distances as a military wife. They didn't have to drive my father to an AA meeting or to multiple jobs to pay the bills. However, they are feet that stood next to yours on the Honolulu shore when I got married, and for that I am grateful. My feet would follow yours to the end of the earth without hesitation."
"I loved entertaining you. You were the best audience ever. Those times I did skits for you while you lay sick in bed were the times that made me believe I could be a performer, that I could make people laugh and cry because you could see me. Now when I laugh and play I do it in honor of you."
"For many years, I was the kid that got pushed around and made fun of simply because I loved you so much. I was the kid with mamitis, the mama's boy. I guess I never really tried to hide it. Every time you picked me up I'd hug and kiss you. I'd often start sentences with, Well, my mom always says... I even looked forward to having you at my school's events. Seriously, what kind of kid does that!"
"As a kid, I was always taking classes and never knew why. I'd get jobs for the summer and I never knew exactly how I'd gotten there. We took trips, I got mystery internships, we'd see concerts and plays all the time. I had opportunity after opportunity handed to me on a silver platter and it never, ever occurred to me that there was a plan behind the whole thing. I thought it was just life. I thought stuff just happened. But that wasn't true, was it? YOU made it happen. THAT is what being a mom is all about."
"Yes, you are paralyzed from the waist down and life gets tough at times, but you know, Mom, none of it ever stops you. I see the same determination I saw on your face on the day of the accident every single morning. You encourage me to be anything I want to be in this world. But the ultimate truth is that all I want to be in this world is you."