Dear Momma, Thank You for Being You

Dear Momma-

It’s  Mother’s Day and  I wanted to take some time to tell you just how much I appreciate you and all that you do. I don’t think I stop enough to tell you what an amazing mother and grandmother you are. Thank you for being YOU!

Looking back on my childhood, I have so many great memories of our time together. I remember when I joined the junior cheerleaders, and you handmade my very own uniform so that I could look like the real cheerleaders. I was the envy of Saturday morning practice in the cafeteria. I also remember when you hunted all over for specific teal blue baseball hat for me to wear for softball because I thought our team hats were just ‘too girly.’

I also remember all of the times that you were there to support me. The times that I was frustrated that my big brothers didn’t want a pesky little sister around, you made sure I had something extra special to do. Or when I was dealing with a group of Regina George-type bullies in middle school, you were there to wipe away my tears and remind me to stand my ground. 

You taught me to be the strong, confident woman I am today. I remember when a local reporter was interviewing me for a pageant I had won and questioned why I was so focused on my career future and not a family. You were quick to shut him down. You always taught me to stand on my own two feet and to never give up.

Watching you as a mother has taught me so much as I continue to navigate the world of motherhood. You always made me feel like I was the most important person in your world, which was a heck of a balancing act as a mother of three. You showed me what unconditional love is, and that love knows no boundaries. 

As I get older, I have come to have a new appreciation for you. You are not just Momma, not just Grammie. You are Pat, an HR professional, a community advocate, a loving wife, to name just a few things. Without you and your guidance, I wouldn’t be the woman, mother, wife or leader that I am today.

I am so thankful that we having such an amazing bond that continues to grow. I love that we can look at each other without saying a word, and laugh uncontrollably. I love that we have inside jokes that no one else understands. I love the one-on-one time we have while cooking for family dinners. I love the chance to see you as a grandmother to my son, and how much you love him. 

I am so blessed to be able to call you my Mother and honored to call you my best friend. 

Happy Mother’s Day! Love always,

Your daughter 

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