“A daughter is a mothers gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, anextension of herself. And mothers are their daughters role model, their biological and emotionalroad map, the arbiter of all their relationships.”~ Victoria Secunda Good evening ladies and gentlemen. My name is Josefina Martinez. I want to thank youfor coming tonight to help honor the person who has been a flowing river of inspiration in mylife, my daughter, Laura Elizabeth Grageda. For the last six years, she has made me realize thetrue meaning of unconditional love. She has inspired me in many ways. Her love and admirationalways motivates me to be the best mother I can possibly be in my life time. The ways her loveinspires me are countless but tonight I will share with you the inspiration of herunconditionallove. Unconditional love means to love someone regardless of ones actions or beliefs.Laura loves anyone no matter what happens. Her love is so unconditional that when her dog wasran over by her tio Pablo, she was upset but also said,“that’s ok I still love you”. Don’tmisunderstand; she was really upset about her dog dying, but she also understood that it was notdone intentionally. When Laura was about two years old and found out that her Mami, hergrandma, was sick with diabetes, the first thing she said was,“Mami you need to start eating sothat you can become well”. So the next evening, when she was going to eat, she said to herMami, “Vente Mami a comer conmigo para que te puedes tomar la medicina.” She wanted hergrandma to eat with her so she could take her medicine. The concern and love for her mami onlyinspires me more.
Laura loves me even if I get impatient with her or discipline her when she is in thewrong. In the mornings, with a big sloppy and smelly kiss, she tells me how much she lovesme.Sometimes I think she is too affectionate. I’m just kidding. At least once a week, she tellsher daddy and me how she is never going to have a boyfriend or get married because she is goingto take care of us for the rest of our life. Her favorite phrase is “Hasta que estemos viejitos” (untilwe get old). She encourages me to be able to give her what she deserves in her childhood life.For instance, she deserves a good life that consist of an education with option of college, thelove of her family members, and most of all, the feeling and always knowing she can count onher mother. I want her to be able to consider me her best friend, not just her mother. Brindo por mi hermosa hija Laura.Please join me asI toast to my beautiful daughterand future best friend, Laura. May she always be happy and stay by our side like shepromised. May her unconditional love conquer the hearts of many, as it has conquered mine.Her love will continue to inspire and motivate me to be the best mother and friend that I canpossibly be, even as we at last(God willing), reach old age together. Gracias, Laura, for givingmy life significance and showing me the real meaning of unconditional love.