Happy Mothers Day!
This letter celebrates you.
Throughout my childhood, you have always been an amazing role model for Bri and I (& B). In fact, strong women run deep in our family (very much a part of our genetics!). So it isn’t surprising that you are the strong woman, who I look up to and admire. We grew up watching our mom pursue a long teaching career, take adventures (and share about your memories from your childhood), and with the help of dad, raise 3 children.
I think what’s important about my childhood memories is really the fact that you were a mother who never once gave us the impression that you weren’t there, that you were tired or feeling frustrated. How many days/evenings were spent driving the three of us to all of our activities, while always ensuring a home cooked meal was ready to go?
How many times, even now, when we are all home that you are the first one up (breakfast ready) and the last one turning off the lights at night, even when we stayed up half the night chatting?
It’s funny, until I became a mother I never really thought about how important it was to be a role model. Or, how your everyday actions as a mother are always being watched and copied by this little person, who even if you don’t realize it sees you as their role model, their best example.
When I think about you as my mom and as the primary example of a strong role model in my life (and even my daughters) what flashes before my eyes are memories of you always managing to balance work and life. Never wavering, and always strong as a rock. You (&Dad) always by our sides – our biggest cheerleaders and the people who at times kept us in check (even if at times you may not have always felt that way).
You taught me so much.
You taught me to be strong, stay true to my values and to always allow my voice to be heard. You have read endless letters from me, listened to endless conversations and caught 100’s of tears of the years. Today, I want to thank you for teaching me that while life is not always how you expect and when the world isn’t always the place you dreamt it would be, keep looking for the positive side and keep your faith and hope alive.
I love you Mom!
And looking forward to our late night chats and walks in the market soon.