Dear Mom

momI’ve never really been a great conversationalist, especially when it comes to matters of the heart. However, I find it easier to write, as it helps me to organize my thoughts and feelings in a way that I could never achieve vocally. If I were to try to say all of this within a conversation, I feel the meaning and message would be lost.

As a boy growing up, you never really understand why your parents do or say the things that they do, especially your mom. That is, until you become a parent yourself and catch yourself saying things to your children that you heard from your mom decades ago. And say to yourself, “I can’t believe I just said that!” You soon realize the full impact of your parents’ influence on you an how you interact with your own children. As I continue my journey through parenthood, I regularly find new appreciation for the lessons you tried to teach me and the example you set for me. I can also fathom the frustration you must have felt while watching your oldest son make mistake after mistake during his procession through life.

I remember you often told me that I could be anything I wanted to be, as long as I put my mind to it. I also watched you live by what you said. I watched you put yourself through college while dealing with three rambunctious children (sorry about that), and continue to go after your goals. Goals you hardly imagined for yourself when you were growing up. You taught me the value of hard work and perseverance. I have endless admiration for what you have achieved during my lifetime and how it has influenced those around you.

You also used to say that nothing I could ever do would surprise you. I never knew if was a good thing or a bad thing. I still don’t. I sit in amazement of you because, at times, you believed in me more than I believe in myself. I hope I can continue to surprise you, and I’ll do my best to make sure it’s always good.

Thank you for loving me, for believing in me, and for helping to shape who I am today. Thank you for all you have done for your children. You have always been there for each of us. I know how hard you have worked, and thank you for always putting us first. We are truly blessed to have you in our lives.

I love you Mom.