7 Things To Thank Your Mom For, Since She Is Really The Greatest Of All Time

7 Things To Thank Your Mom For, Since She Is Really The Greatest Of All Time

Mother's Day should honestly be every day.
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Lately, I have found myself thinking about how wonderful my mom is and how she deserves much more recognition than she gets. I'm sure I am not alone in this, so here is a list of 7 things to thank your mom for.

1. Thank you for your endless love

Ever since the moment I was born you have shown me so much love. Even when I was hard to love (especially during my weird and awkward pre-teen years) you were always right there by my side offering words of advice and a warm hug.

2. Thank you for supporting me through everything


I am so lucky to have a mom that has supported me through each and every obstacle life has put me through. No matter how many miles apart life will take us, I know you are always just a text or phone call away. You have always been my biggest fan and I absolutely don't know what I would do without you.

3. Thank you for always letting me eat the last piece of cake even though I know you wanted it

Whether it is with food or with life in general, you have made so many tremendous sacrifices for me. From driving me to all those practices and games every week to putting in extra hours at work to help pay for my school and extracurricular, you have always put me first even when I didn't deserve it.

4. Thank you for understanding when I have stupid questions

Growing up and becoming an adult is never an easy task, but thank goodness I have you to answer all of my stupid questions. From calling you to ask how long to microwave something or texting you for help with a recipe, you have always been so understanding and helpful no matter how ridiculous my question may be.

5. Thank you for being there for me when no one else was

I cannot begin to thank you for being my rock when it felt like no one else cared. It was hard dealing with stupid drama in middle school and high school, but you always got me through it all. Friends will come and go but I know you will always be right by my side.

6. Thank you for inspiring me

When asked the question "who is the most inspirational person in your life?" you always come first to mind. You have inspired me to respect and love everyone conditionally and to "kill my enemies with kindness" even when that was the last thing I wanted to do. You have inspired me to never give up no matter what curveballs life may throw at you. You have inspired me to be the "sunshine" in people's days and to brighten their lives with positivity and support. You have inspired me to help those who need help the most through your constant care and love for others. You have been such a wonderful role model throughout my entire life and I am a much better person because of you.

7. Thank you for being my best friend

Lastly, I want to thank you for being the best friend I could ever ask for. I am so lucky to have such an amazing and spectacular woman as my lifelong best friend. You have been with me through everything and showered me with your endless love, support, and advice throughout it all.

Thank you so much for everything you do. I love you, mom!

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To My Little Brother

Six things I want you to know.
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I am not your mother, but I am your big sister.

I cannot even apologize for it, I am always going to act like your second mom. I am going to keep yelling at you to (please) put down the toilet seat and to clean up the mess you made in the kitchen. It doesn't matter to me how often you say "I am not your mother," because you're my little brother and I'm always going to be the boss.

I never mean it when I tell you to grow up.

I hope that you have taken, and continue to take, full advantage of your childhood. As often as I complain about your maturity level, my wish for you is to put off growing up for as long as possible. The closer I get to real adult life, the more I miss home and all of the worries I didn't have. You shouldn't rush through the years you have left at home, you are doing just fine the way you are.

No, I didn't tell Mom.

All of our secrets will always stay secrets. I may have ratted you out to Mom about being the one to break her new vase, but I hope you know that our brother-sister bond protects all of the private things we share. Please, never forget that I'll always be here to listen to you.

I'm sorry.

I'm sorry for giving you your first bloody nose, and for laughing at you afterward. I'm sorry for every time I have blown you off for plans with a guy, or to get an extra hour of sleep. I'm sorry for yelling at you to leave me alone and for slamming the door in your face. I'm sorry for all of the times you asked me to play outside that I didn't. I'm sorry for all of my broken promises.

I forgive you.

I forgive you for all of the “little brother" insults you have used. I forgive you for using all of my paints and letting them dry out. I forgive you for embarrassing me in front of every guy I ever brought home. I even forgive you for cutting off that piece of my hair in fourth grade.

I am so proud of you.

It isn't said nearly enough, but I am so proud of you, little brother. I am envious of the passions that you have and the way that you pursue them with no fear! I am excited to see where you go in life (but don't go anywhere too quickly). Keep working hard and doing what you love, no one can fault you for following your heart. I love you so much, and I will always be your biggest supporter and fan!

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To The Nana Who Is Everything, And So Much More

I love you always.

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There's a million different things to call yours.

Grandma, Grammy, Meme, the list can go on.

I call mine my Nana. This is a thank you to the woman who not only impacted my life but raised an amazing woman who raised me.

My mom's mom is the greatest woman in this world, and you can't change my mind otherwise. My Nana has been through hell and back and is one of the most independent people I know. She's got fourteen grandkids and shows the same amount of love and affection to each and every one of us. She would give anything to see her children and grandchildren happy.

She doesn't make the most money, but she makes sure to give each of her grandchildren a set of pajamas for Christmas Eve. She'll buy you little trinkets that remind her of you. She makes sure that each of her grandkids has pencils for back to school, and a big warm coat for college. She never asks for money when she needs it. She's selfless and loving. I admire her for that.

She is the funniest woman in the entire world. She knows how to draw a crowd, and can make your sides hurt from laughing.

She'll learn current trends and practice at her kitchen table so when you visit her next, you can laugh at how "hip and trendy she is". She'll tell you stories for hours. She'll show you amazing music and sing with you in the car. She'll show you her favorite shows and sit with you on her pristinely cleaned couch and shout out the answers to Jeopardy with you. She'll do anything to see you smile.

She doesn't get as much recognition as she deserves. She is the most loving and caring woman and has impacted my life so much. I have shared so many laughs and sweet memories with her, and I am forever grateful for the role she has played in my life. I know she'll be reading this because she supports me in everything in life I pursue.

Nana, thank you for being my rock. My shoulder to cry on, someone to laugh with, and jam out to Creedence Clearwater Revival with. You mean so much to everyone's life you have been in contact with. You are my sunshine, a true queen, and as you would say, "love ya always!"

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