Hi Mom! Happy Mother’s Day.
Today is truly YOUR day. (For those of you who don’t know, she is unlucky enough to share her birthday with her stinky stinky daughter.) Although I tell you each and every day how much I love you and adore you, it’s just simply not enough to express how much you mean to me and the boys.
Plain and simple, Mom:
To me, you are a goddess.
Mom, did you know that you glow? Yeah. Your persona is probably what I admire about you most. When you walk into a room, you are noticed. A light shines forth from deep within you that captivates every single person in that room. You are SO beautiful.
But it’s not just your beauty that makes you glow. It’s your soul. You are THE most charismatic person I know. Everybody who meets you falls in love with that charm and special wit. You know how to make every single person you come across feel valued and worthy, and I so wish to be just like you for that reason.
You are capable of anything.
When you look up “Jack-of-all-trades” in the dictionary, did you know there’s a picture of you, Mom? If there is a problem, you know how to solve it. You are an encyclopedia, a therapist, an artist, a nurse, a friend, a DIY-er, a chef, a problem solver, a homemaker, a comedian, and by golly a fashionista. (Seriously, ya’ll, you should see her closet 😍). But I’m not just talking about handiwork or household things. I’m talking about life. I don’t know how many times during random conversations with friends that I have said, “I don’t know about that, I should ask my mom.” And how many times you have an answer!! You’re omniscient to me.
You are resilient.
You never let the bastards get you down. I so envy your ability to brush things off and just laugh. I need to work on that and I’m sorry that I get angry when you tell me to do so, Mom. If there’s one thing harder than growing up with mental illness, it’s being a parent of someone with mental illness. I don’t know how you did it. I can’t count how many times you were there to extract the demons from deep within my mind and bring me back to reality. I’m amazed by your ability to make me laugh even in my darkest moments. Even when you don’t say anything, feeling your presence and seeing your face reminds me of why I am alive.
I thank God every day for you not only because you are my mother, but because you are a goddamn great one.
5 things you have taught me:
- Patience. With projects (painting, books, crafts, school). With others. With life. With myself. To know that there are good things to come. You always tell me you aren’t patient, but I know you are. (We live with three men who don’t know how to communicate whatsoever, of course you are patient?!?)
- Laughter. Ya’ll. Have you ever heard this woman laugh?! Full-on, bend-over-because-your-stomach-hurts, bring-tears-to-your-eyes, can’t-speak-for-five-minutes laugh. Life is better when you’re laughing, Mom, and I’m so grateful that you taught me so.
- Creativity. You are the most out-of-the-box thinker I know. One of my first memories of you amazing me with your mind is when I was about 4 or 5. You had just cut up some celery for me to eat. You quickly ran to the basement and grabbed a bottle of paint and some paper, dipped the celery heart in the paint, and stamped it to the paper, and showed me how it makes a beautiful flower. How I saw you then is how I still see you now. I was in awe that you came up with something like that. I have THE coolest mom!!
- Friendship. Moving was hard for me, but even more so for you. There’s nothing like physical isolation from the people you care most about. However, I admire your friendships. I admire the way you and your friends chit chat on the phone as if you see each other all the time. Your determination and dedication to friendships and relationships is something I strive to mirror every day. Each of your friends is extremely lucky to have you by their side.
- Altruism. This is obvious. You are selfless. Everyone who knows you knows that. You are more than willing to go out of your way to help others. You are so tender-hearted and kind, Mom. I get my desire to serve straight from you. Thank you, endlessly, for that.
There aren’t enough words to get across how truly amazing you are, and I feel as if I haven’t even scraped the surface. I adore you, Mom. So much. Happy Mother’s Day.
To the stars & beyond.