Mother’s Day is right around the corner. I always stress a bit about this holiday. How do I express in a card the magnitude of my love and admiration for someone who is so important in my life? I often have difficulty finding the right present for my mom. We seem to be in sync with our interests, and she’s always one step ahead of me, purchasing the exact thing or similar item I would have gotten her. My mother would appreciate any gift from me, but I want it to be special, just like her. As a kid, I usually created a one-of-a-kind gift, made with steady hands, laser-focused attention, and loads of love. She seemed to enjoy those gifts the most, and I took pleasure in making them and seeing her joyful face. So I’m taking a note from my younger self and have written a letter to the most important woman in my life, for all the world to read. Even though this is for one mom in particular, it’s meant to be a tribute to all you mothers out there.
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How do I thank someone who has given me so much in my life and asked for so little in return?
All you have ever done has been for my benefit, and I appreciate your attention and sacrifice.
Since I was born, you have Protected me–slathering me with sunblock to combat the blazing sun, dressing my wounds from rough play, nursing me back to health during sickness, comforting me after nightmares.
Perhaps the best traits I inherited from you are boundless creativity and investigative curiosity.
Yes, we had our battles–fighting over issues that erupt from the perfect storm that is a teenager girl and her mother–but we always came out as friends on the other side and had a better understanding of each other.
Some of My fondest memories are our “dates” snuggled up watching movies, chatting at the kitchen table about anything and everything, and reminiscing the past and dreaming of the future during long road trips.
You’re still the One I wish for when I’m ill and in need of my mother’s healing touch.
You Taught me manners and values not only by instruction but by your own example.
Healthy meals were a fixture in our household, setting a nutritional foundation for a lifetime.
You have an Eye for recognizing the simple beauty in things–a rustic wooden table, a single wisp of a flower, a lone person deep in thought.
I Remember feeling such pride every time I answered the phone and was mistaken for my mother.
Growing up, I Saw an amazing, beautiful woman who was the epitome of effortless poise, style, and grace.
On this Day, I want you to know how much you mean to me and how very special you are.
You are Always there to cheer me on, to champion my goals, and to love me unconditionally.
You have an immense heart, one that extends much farther than the small space in which it resides.
Happy Mother’s Day, each and every day!
Your Loving Daughter xoxo