Dear Mom, Incase I Don’t Tell You Enough

Dear Mom,

Well first off, thank you for bringing me into this world. That whole giving birth thing sounds AWFUL, I can’t imagine the pain you endured to give me life. You are the strongest person I know.

Thank you for showing me what it means to be selfless and to care deeply about other people.

Thank you for building me up and laying the foundation of my self esteem.

Thank you for teaching me your beliefs and values, but encouraging me to think and choose for myself.

Thank you for letting me learn from my own mistakes, and for ALWAYS being there to pick me back up.

Thank you for giving the best advice in the world and for supporting me even when I don’t take it.

Thanks for not telling Dad every single time I messed up or needed you to rescue me, because we both know you aren’t the tough parent.

Thank you for never shutting down my insane curiosity, for not always giving me the answer but teaching me to seek answers for myself.

Thank you for making me work for the things I wanted – “you can buy that with your own money,” was probably one of the most annoying yet useful lessons you’ve ever taught me.

Thank you for showing me that real, deep, true love can endure literally anything – you and Dad are my favorite example of what it means to love and be loved for everything that you are.

Thank you for the sweetest built in best friends, aka siblings, on the planet. Like honestly, it just doesn’t get any better than them.

Thank you for caring about every, single, seemingly insignificant thought that runs through my head; and for being the best listener when I just need to let it all out.

Thank you for being my biggest cheerleader, for never EVER doubting me, not even for a second.

Thank you for encouraging me to take risks, and for never shutting down my crazy dreams or ideas.

Thank you for your heart, you have the kind of heart that makes people feel loved and cared about just by being around you.

Thank you for raising me to appreciate the simplicity of life.

Most of all, thank you for being my best friend. I love you.