A Thank You Note to Mom on Mother's Day
Showing appreciation for the woman who gave me life.
Throughout my life, you've bestowed so many gifts upon me I scarcely know where to begin. You've always been at my side, and have always been my biggest defender and ally, no matter what the odds. You've always been my cheering section, my therapist, my shoulder to cry on. You give so much, never once asking for anything in return.
These are the qualities that make a mom.
It's not putting Band-Aids on my skinned knee, and it's not making sure I got to soccer practice on time (though you performed both duties more times than I can remember). It's being there. There has never been a time when I had to wonder "Will mom be there for me through this?" I've always known, unequivocally, that no matter what sort of mess I've gotten myself into, or no matter how great a success I've achieved, you will always be the first one to pat me on the back, or to tell me I screwed up when I need to hear it.
It's no secret that raising me to adulthood was, well.. let's say, "colorful". But you did it. You survived the parent-teacher conferences, my bleached hair and even a pierced tongue. And you did it with a style all your own.
So today, amid the sounds of Russell Stover boxes being torn open up and down the block, I want to say thank you.
Thank you for being there when the other kids were mean (and for having snacks and drinks ready at a moment's notice when we made up and descended on your's and dad's house to play).
Thank you for being there when I need you (and knowing when to give me space when I need it).
Thank you for your love, your kindness, your sense of humor and your compassion. I would be a lucky man if I possess half the amounts of these qualities that you have.
And finally, more than anything else, thank you for your unconditional love. Because sometimes, no matter how little you have in life, no matter how down the chips may seem, knowing you have the unwavering love and support of your mom is like a beacon in the storm.
Thank you for all of your gifts. The tangible, the genetic, and the intangible.
I love you. Happy Mother's Day.