The most significant Mother’s Day for me was 21 years ago when my mom wrote ME a card. I remember feeling guilty that she had taken time to honor me on a day that was supposed to be all about her. Now that I’m a mother, I understand the joy in celebrating my own children on Mother’s Day and how privileged and blessed I am to be their mom.
I dug through my box of keepsakes – mostly letters from family and friends – and found the note. It survived 7+ moves and I’ve lived another lifetime since she wrote it. And while I was touched and humbled by it 21 years ago, reading it as a mom makes it that much more special.
On this Mother’s Day, I thought I should write to the very reason that I am honored on this day – YOU! I’m sitting here remembering the first time I held you in my arms and I am feeling this very minute all the emotions of pride, joy, thanksgiving, and love that I experienced in that moment. In looking back at all my life, I truly think that was the happiest moment. You brought such overwhelming love to my life that my whole view of the world was changed. I saw life through your eyes and it has been an experience of wonder watching you grow.
You have shown me dancing, singing, temper tantrums, gymnastics, piano lessons, bunking parties, cake decorating, ice skating, church choirs, writing neighborhood newspapers, tea parties, playing house, reading stories, youth group, telephone calls, driving, friends, movies, and a million more gifts of childhood. So on this day, I want to thank you, and praise God for allowing me to share your life. I want you to know that you are perfect in my eyes – you are everything that I ever dreamed of in a daughter. All I want for you is happiness and for you to be the person God created with gifts only He could give to you. I am here beside you always. I love you – and thank you.
Happy, Happy Mother’s Day to my amazing boys…Abe, Gus, and Ben. And Happy, Happy Mother’s Day to the woman who showed me what it means to love unconditionally and be loved unconditionally. I love you like the air I breathe!