If Someone Told Me That I've Turned Into My Mother…

If Someone Told Me That I've Turned Into My Mother…

...I would take it as the highest compliment.

In so many sitcom shows, characters joke about the fact that someone is growing up to be like their parent, as if it’s a bad thing.

Well, if I grow up to be half the woman that my mom is, I will be an astounding woman.

My mom and I have always been very close. My parents always joke about the fact that, even when I was an infant and crawling around, I would cry when my mom left the room and I would try to chase after her. This has continued as I’ve grown up; when I’m home from college, I’m like her shadow.

No one understands me quite like my mother does. She is my best friend and my partner in crime. We have inside jokes and nicknames for each other. We have our own ‘song’ and television shows that we always watch together. We share everything with each other; she makes me feel like I can be openly my true self.

My mom is so strong. Not just because she manages to take care of me, my sister, and my dad. Not just because she is an amazing cook and keeps the house squeaky clean. What I respect most is that, no matter what gets thrown at her, she goes through it and comes out stronger. When her mom and dad passed away my junior year of high school, she was upset and broken, but she remained strong for the rest of us. She kept herself together and maintained her composure for our sake. She loves us so much as to battle through her own sadness.

Everyone gets sick, even my mom. But, when she gets sick, she tries so hard to push through it. She always puts her family first, even when she is not feeling her best. Honestly, I wish she would put herself first more often because she is so amazing and deserves to be feeling her best.

My mom loves us so much. She has never missed a single one of my school plays, track meets, volleyball games, or award ceremonies. She was always the mom to volunteer in class to help out with classes and parties.

Personally, I’ve put my mom through a lot. I’ve had boy problems over the years and she has always been my shoulder to cry on and the one to snap me out of acting stupidly. From the summer before my senior year of high school until my sophomore year of college, I struggled a lot with an eating disorder. My mom pushed me to get better and helped me the best that she could -- she made me sit at the table until I finished my food, she stopped me from working out. She cared for me when I clearly wasn’t caring for myself. I also suffer from anxiety. My mom has held me through panic attacks and has dealt with my constant OCD tendencies. In her own way, she tries to help me through it all.

My family has had animals since before I was born and a dog could not have a better home. She takes them for walks to get fresh air. She feeds them good food and gives them the medications that they need. She takes them to the vet whenever they need. She takes them for drives just because. She has little rituals that she does with them, like walking to the mailbox with my one dog every single day, Sedona and Zeus are her furry children and she treats them with so much love.

My mother is a loving woman who spreads happiness where she goes. She deserves respect and gives respect. She is more caring than anyone else I know. She is beautiful, intelligent, funny, and so dedicated.

Everyone tells me that my mom and I look exactly alike. If anyone ever tells me that I am like my mom personality wise, it will be the best compliment that I could possibly receive.

I love you, Mommy. A and F to I and B.

Cover Image Credit: Amanda Topolski

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A Thank You Letter To My Mom On Her Birthday

An open letter to thank my mother which will hopefully cause others to thank their own.

Mothers are a true gift, and to those of us who are blessed with wonderful mothers who are still in our life, we must know and appreciate our luck.

And to those who have known but lost a wonderful mother, I am devastated for you, and only hope you hold dear the good and happy times. Today I want to use this platform I have to thank my wonderful mom for all the joy she brings not only to me but to the world itself. I hope that many of you can read this and thank your moms for the same things!

Dear Mom,

On your birthday, I want you to know the things I am thankful to you for. I am thankful for your always unwavering support, I am thankful for your unconditional love, and your countless laughs. I am thankful for you taking the time to explain new concepts to me when I was younger and even still today. I am thankful for how you carefully took the time to tend my every need, before you ever even considered taking care of your own.

I am thankful for the countless nights you got up with me when I wasn't feeling well. And for the nights you took my temperature every hour to make sure the fever was going down, and giving up your own birthday the year I had the stomach virus. Thank you for being there for me through all the tough points in my life, and for putting up with all of the unnecessary teenage angst I put you through.

Thank you for being the most positive person I know. Thank you for smiling through everything, thank you for singing through the house. Thank you for making me, and everyone else that you know smile, and remember the positivity and blessings in their life. Thank you for being the light in everyone's life, you are even more than the light, you are the sun.

Thank you for Netflix binges, for all the laughs we have shared, for the inside jokes we have, for being there through countless, and usually stressful, shopping trips, and for being my mom.

On your birthday, I hope you know the light you bring to the world and how much the people around you appreciate it. I hope you know how your gratitude to waiters, all retail workers, and anyone you meet throughout the day contributes so positively to the lives they lead. You make people's day wherever you go, everyone is better off for knowing you and I feel so lucky that a person like that is my mother.

Happy Birthday Mommy. Another year of spreading positivity, spreading love, and spreading happiness. I love you with my whole heart. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


Your grateful daughter, always.

Cover Image Credit: Kristi Neace

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10 Thank You's Our Parents Deserve Every Day

So thank you Mom and Dad for everything you do everyday and in the background in order to make your children's lives better and easier.

Being away at college really puts people's lives into perspective. There is so much we take advantage of everyday without realizing it, and only really notice when it is gone. So, thank you Mom and Dad for everything you do everyday and in the background in order to make your children's lives better and easier.

Here are 10 reasons to tell your parents "thank you":

1. For your endless support.

Through the good and bad, you're always right there, reminding us that we are never alone. No one else in the world is there like you guys are, constantly offering a shoulder to cry on or reminding us how strong we are.

2. Guidance.

We can always turn to you for help and know you will be there to help us onto the right path. You give advice no other friend can, and for that we are eternally grateful. You make big life decisions seem easy and small and couldn't do life without you.

3. Spoiling us even if we don't always deserve it.

If we can't afford something, you find a way to make it happen. And if we want something, after a while it'll appear once we learn that things are just things and the difference between a want and a need. Thanks for letting us get some of our wants, even if we really didn't need it or if we yelled at you the day before.

4. Accepting us for who we are.

Not everyone in the world will appreciate us or even like us. But no matter how weird or quirky we can be, you accept us. No matter our flaws, you accept us. And no matter how many mistakes we make, you've always accepted us. Thank you for doing what no one else could.

5. For Forgiveness.

Thank you for leaving our mistakes in the past and letting us be better in the future.

6. For teaching us everything we know.

There's a lot of things we can't learn in school, and you guys taught us all of it. Anything from speaking to cooking, or how to build relationships. We learned it all from you.

7. Putting a meal on the table every night.

Even when you work till 9 pm, you still manage to have a full family meal on the table every single night. Parents are actually just superheroes in disguise.

8. Cooking and getting all of our favorite foods during holiday breaks.

Its the best feeling in the whole world after dining hall food and Ramen Noodles. Thank you.

9. Hugs.

Parents just give the best hugs in the whole world, the kind that instantly make you feel happy and warm on the inside. Nothing compares.

10. Loving us unconditionally.

Thank you for doing the one thing in the world no one else can. Your unconditional love has helped us through bad friendships, rough days, and the endless mistakes we are bound to make. Thank you for your love.

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