I can’t begin to tell you how different Mother’s Day will be for my Mom and me this year. In the past, it has always been my brother and I, making sure that we both made an attempt to reach out to our Mom and let her know how special she was to us. This is the first year without my brother, and I can’t begin to imagine the loss that my Mom is going to experience when there is no phone call from him on the day when we celebrate how special she is to us. It’s all on me now. That’s a lot of pressure. So here it is, me trying to do my best to say Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom, the woman who had so much to do with the person I am today.
You have always challenged me to do my best, but understood that there were some things in life that I would never be good at. Math and science will always be beyond me; we will never be besties. Thank you for giving me permission to let it go, and focus on the things in my life that I can excel at.
You made me want to be a teacher. Even though it didn’t happen, I still have the greatest pride in you for spending your life enriching the lives of all of the little ones you had the privilege of teaching. It wasn’t always easy, but you somehow always found it necessary and fulfilling.
You taught me that family is a duty, something that isn’t always easy but needs to be endured. I know that that doesn’t sound wonderful or exciting, but that’s what family is, live it, appreciate it, and for the most part endure it. One day it won’t be there for you to rely on.
I could go on and on with stories of how you have had an effect on my life, but when it comes down to it the best thing I can say is that I love you. I wish there was something I could say or do to let you know how much you mean to me, and how great a part you have played in making me the person that I am today. And above all, I wish that I could make your day easier today. I wish that I could give you that phone call from my brother. I’m sorry that I can’t, and that nothing I can say or do will ever change that. So it’s all on me today.
Happy Mother’s Day from your daughter, and sadly the only child you have left. I love you with all my heart, and thank you for everything you have ever done to make me who I am today. I’m confident that even Matt would agree that you are and have been the best mother anyone could ever dream of. Thank you for being our Mom.
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