Celebrating Mom

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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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Dear Mom,

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


4 thoughts on “Celebrating Mom

  1. DAD says:

    Dear Kristin,
    Your note to Mom elicited both smiles and happy tears. We have…and will always…love you unconditionally. It has always been a special pleasure and privilege in our lives to enjoy you as our daughter, watching over you and guiding you from baby to adult. Your best years are around the corner…..
    YOU GO GIRL! xx


    • Kristin Conroy says:

      So happy she had that reaction, that was the plan! Your words are so special to me, and I am so lucky to have such wonderful parents. Obviously we will talk later, but I love that you added this to my comments section 😉


  2. Terri says:

    Hi Kristin,
    How absolutely beautiful, kind of makes me feel as though my gift to my mom was not quite enough. Your poem is priceless and I know your mom will treasure it forever. God bless you and all the moms, for all those who have sadly lost their children, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love and peace,
    Terri xoxo


    • Kristin Conroy says:

      Glad you enjoyed it Terri, but don’t you dare think less of your gift! I know you show her how much you care every day in your own way, and are a blessing in her life! xoxo


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