My mother has been my best friend for as long as I can remember. She held me when I was little and called me her “sweetheart”, dressed me up in poufy dresses and frilly socks, took me dance lessons and recitals, added to my collections of Barbie dolls and Precious Moments figurines. She baked cookies for Santa with me and took me to school carnivals. She sang with me in the car, took me to see my first concert, taught me to love Garth Brooks and George Straight. She helped me through my first breakup….Though all of my break ups. She stood up for me anytime I was bullied, taught me to stand up for others, and made multiple trips to my school to defend me from dress code violations (yes, there was glitter on my pants and no, I still don’t tuck my shirt in or wear a belt). She taught me that black is our best color, we can gradually go blonde by consistently adding highlights to our hair, and we don’t have to dress provocatively to be noticed or to fit in. She knows when I’ve been crying, just from my “hello” on the phone. She has always allowed me to tell her anything and she’s never judged me for my poor decisions. Anytime I call, she answers. Anytime I need help, she offers. She’s my rock in the toughest times and I love her so so much!
Mom, I just want to say thank you for 30 years of exceptional motherhood. I am so ridiculously lucky to have you! You are my rock and I would be nothing without you. Thank you for being a smart, strong, hard working, and beautiful example of what a woman should be. I can only hope that I can be as good of an example to my kids as you have been for me. I love you with all of my heart! Happy Mother’s Day!