You have taught me so much; almost everything I know, actually. There’s something sacred about the bond between a mother and her child. Most relationships grow stronger with time, but a mother loves her child unconditionally, before they’ve even met. You loved me when I was nothing more than a thought in the back of your mind when you were newly married.
You carried me for nine months, went through hours of painful labor to bring me into this world and will continue to carry me in your heart for the rest of your life. You’ve cuddled me when I was scared, held my hand as I learned to walk, taken care of me when I was sick and offered a shoulder to cry on when teenage relationships didn’t work out and I thought I would never recover. You’ve taught me about self-worth and persistence, integrity and mindfulness. You’ve kept my best interests in mind while I ran off, determined to be reckless just to spite you. Because what better way to hurt your mother than to leave her wondering if you’re hurting yourself?
You’ve taught me so much and helped me grow into the best version of myself, but more than anything you’ve taught me what it means to be a wonderful Mother. When I picture a selfless, beautiful, incredible woman, I picture you. Because of you, I’m confident in my abilities as a Mother and a woman. Because of you, I know that no matter what life throws at me, I will be able to handle it because you always have. When we had nothing but each other, we always pulled through because your love for my sister and I was a driving force that remains unmatched.
I’ve loved you since I was in your belly, and I’ll love you until the day I die. Becoming a mother this last year has given me an entirely different outlook on life and the relationship between us. I finally have a true understanding of what all I’ve put you through, specifically during my teenage years when I wanted nothing to do with you. The love I have for my son has shifted my perspective on all of this, and it pains me to think of him pushing me away the way I have you. I know what that must have felt like for you and I’m so sorry for every stupid argument we’ve ever had, and any time I’ve made you feel like less than a perfect Mom.
You’ve been the most consistent part of my life, and even though I’ve moved away and started my own family, you are constantly on my mind. You’ve shaped me into the woman I am today, and given me someone to aspire to be. I only hope I can be half the Mom you are. Happy Mother’s Day Mama, you are such a light in my life!