I have to confess I was not the most grateful daughter. As a teenager, I’m sure I gave my mother several sleepless nights and ulcerating moments. I think it sometimes requires that we become parents ourselves before we realize the full scope of what it means to be a parent.
I’m sorry, Mom, for all those times I took you for granted or got frustrated or impatient with you. I have learned that being a Mom means worrying and working 365 days a week, 24 hours a day, but the Thank Yous only come on one day per year.
So here we go. Thank you Mom for:
- Doing the tasks no one wants to do
- Doing those tasks without complaining
- Saying the things that no one will say
- Saying those things despite knowing you’re going to take the heat for it
- Putting our needs ahead of your own
- Putting our needs ahead of your own and often sacrificing a lot to do so, without making us feel guilty
- Stepping up and doing that something extra for us
- Stepping up and doing that something extra for us without any expectation of thanks or acknowledgement
- Teaching us that we can all change and grow, no matter what our age
- Teaching us that we can all change and grow, and not lecturing us about it
- Always trying to do the right thing for us kids
- Always trying to do the right thing for us kids, even though it feels like it will break your heart.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom. I’m going to try to be a better daughter, 365 days a year, and not wait until Mother’s Day next year to try to be the daughter to you that you deserve.