I feel like I must’ve done something really good in my past life to deserve a mother like you. I could not have picked anyone more suitable for the task of raising me, and “task” is putting it lightly. It was more like a never-ending, full-time, unpaid, vacation-dayless job, but you never quit
You’ve always patiently listened to me as I rejoiced, cried, or yelled in anger at all of the things life threw my way. Never once were you judgmental, or overly critical. You empathized with me, and never saw me as a bad person. You never put me down, and you always celebrated my accomplishments with genuine excitement. You’re always there to offer your advice, and whether I take it or not, you never say, “I told you so”.
You’ve always had faith in me, even when no one else did. You’ve never questioned my strength, even when I did. You’ve never doubted my decisions to travel, to move out, to be independent. You pushed me when I needed it, but always helped if I asked. You always support my ideas, and your encouragement means the world.
You’ve always prioritized your children’s happiness above your own. You allowed us the freedom and the acceptance to grow, and to be ourselves. You’ve always offered unconditional love, and Lord knows we’ve tested that. You never wavered when life decided that you were going to do this by yourself, and you always tried to shift the weight of our burdens onto your own shoulders. You are Wonder Woman- a master of all trades, including motherhood. How you do it, I’ll never know, but I will always admire your ability to juggle it all.
So thank you, Mom. Thank you for every decision you made leading up to becoming my mom. Thank you for the courage, patience, and strength it took to be my mom, and thank you for gifting me with siblings who can relate to the joy of being your child.
I love you,
P.S.: Happy Mother’s Day!