Thank you, Mom.

Thank you for teaching me to make mashed potatoes, homemade macaroni and cheese, roast chicken, banana bread, meatballs, and cheesecake.

Thank you for teaching how to make spaghetti sauce the way your mother taught you.

Thank you for teaching me that homemade, from scratch is worth it, but it’s ok to use a frozen pie crust sometimes too.

Thank you for teaching me that cooking for others shows them you care, and that feeding your family and friends is a labor of love.

Thank you for teaching me to sew a button and a hem, and for making me curtains and pillows and dance costumes and prom dresses over the years.

Thank you for making my children Easter outfits and Halloween costumes 30 years after you made them for me.

Thank you for teaching me that there is no greater, nobler, harder, more exhausting, or more fulfilling job in the world than being a mother.

Thank you for answering my many questions about diapers and rashes and breastfeeding and potty training.

Thank you for continuing to mother me as I wade through the early years of motherhood.

Thank you for being such a loving grandmother to my children.

Thank you for baking with them, reading to them, and taking them to the children’s museum.

Thank you for caring for them every week since they’ve been born, so that they can continue to strengthen their close relationship with you.

Thank you for telling them that you love them every single time you see them.

Thank you for teaching me the value of a woman’s independence.

Thank you for teaching me to work hard, pay my bills, and do everything to the best of my ability so that I can be proud and rely on myself.

Thank you for also teaching me that it is necessary to ask for help sometimes, and there is no shame in accepting the love and support of others.

Thank you for encouraging me to pursue my dreams, no matter how crazy, and helping me with the steps I need to take to reach my goals.

Thank you for giving me advice and for sometimes staying silent and letting me figure it out on my own.

Thank you for telling me I am strong, you are proud of me, and you love me.

Thank you, mom, for everything. For all the small and giant things you’ve done fore me, and for all the many things I’m sure you’ll do for me in the future. I’m so blessed to be your daughter. Thank you for being my mom.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.


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