As I was driving through the streets that I drove growing up, I couldn’t help but be flooded with memories of my life in this town. Coming back home always grounds me. My mom is the constant.
With Mother’s Day approaching, memories of growing up with my mom came back in droves. We seem to be cut from the same cloth. Being a mirror of such a woman has never been something to complain about. She is, and continues to be, completely beautiful from the inside and out.
There was so so much that I never thanked my mom for while growing up. From who she is as a person, to the person she raised me to be, it’s impossible to put into words everything I appreciate about my mom, but I’m going to try.
So to my mom….
I have spent my entire life with you, and just when I think you couldn’t possibly be any greater than you already are, you surprise me. You have never faltered in showing unconditional love for me, and I don’t think I could ever thank you enough for that. We have cried and laughed to the point of crying together, and moments like that have always reminded me how much I mean to you.
We have fought and disagreed. We have said hurtful things to one another, but I know we’ve never questioned how much we love each other. You have stood by my side and supported me in absolutely everything. You have done countless things for me without hesitation, and I want to thank you for all of that. Thank you for providing me with every little thing I could have possibly needed while growing up.
Thank you for the birthday decorations every year, because I know how much you love to do that. Even at twenty-two years old there’s just something about waking up to a house fully decorated with streamers and balloons on your birthday.
Thank you for always installing confidence in me. Telling me to never give up, and that I can do anything I put my mind to. Thank you for always supporting me and believing in me. Anytime I have lost faith or run out of hope, you give me reassurance to keep pushing forward.
Thank you for knowing exactly what to say on my worst days. On the days full of sass or the days full of being sad for no reason, you always know how to cheer me up. Sure, sometimes I might not want to hear it but at the end of the day, I know you always have my back.
Thank you for teaching me how to be independent but still taking care of me. You taught me how to do laundry, clean the house, take care of the pets, cook my favorite dishes, and so much more. But at the same time, you still find time to do a lot of it while I’m home, which I truly appreciate.
Thank you for never allowing me to talk down on myself, and teaching me that self-love is one of the most important things I could have.
Thank you for giving me everything. You have scarified so much in order for me to live a great life. Words can never express my gratitude for that. Thank you for constantly reminding me how much you love me and never giving up on me.
You were there for me when I took my first steps, and you have prepared me to take my very first steps into the real world. Thank you so much for always saying the right thing at the right time. Thank you for being brave and honest and kind in somehow every single situation you have ever been in. And thank you for teaching me to show up to life with a joke in hand and some sass tucked in my back pocket. I couldn’t love you more if I tried.