Today we celebrate the most wonderful woman who has ever graced this planet. It is my mom, Darlene's, birthday today. I am so lucky to have been raised by the most wonderful, supportive and loving mom a child could have. I know I put my mom through hell in my youth. Mom had every reason to give up on me but she never did. Mom has always been my biggest fan and believer in me.

Brian Gary, TSM

I can remember sitting in the basement listening to Elvis records with mom. She would use her short hand skills to write down the lyrics so I could perform the songs in the backyard. I would invite the neighborhood over to hear me sing. Mom would sit right there smiling and encouraging me. I am forever grateful to mom for teaching me what true unconditional love is. If I have one wish in my life it is that mom knows how much her boy loves her and appreciates all she has done for me.

Brian Gary, TSM

No matter what life would throw at me, mom was there with advice and loving help and still is to this day. Mom is your first love and the measuring stick for all other women who try to find their way into your heart. I still to this day just crave being near mom and feeling safe and taken care of. Only mom can make me feel that way. I have a deeper love and appreciation for that woman and all she has done for me more now than ever.

Thank you mom for all you have taught me. I can never say it enough. I love you and am honored to be your son. Happy birthday and I hope you can feel my arms around you today.