There's no limit to the love our mothers give, and if you are lucky enough to have one like mine, you are lucky enough. Sometimes, though, we forget just how much our moms do for us. So, Mom, this one is for you.
Thank you for tucking me in when I was little every night before bed. Thank you for making sure I had brushed my teeth and combed my hair. Thank you for the bedtime stories and back scratches. Thank you for the chocolate milk that only you could make right, and for letting me come and sleep in your bed when I got scared.
Thank you for making my mac and cheese and chicken strips, but teaching me as I got older to take care of my body and be conscious of what I was putting into it. Thank you for showing me that health isn't just what you eat or how you exercise, but also how you think and act. Thank you for showing me how to love myself despite my flaws.
Thank you for showing me how to do my hair and for being patient with me when I got aggravated with it, and thank you for never letting me cut it all off out of frustration like I wanted to do so many times. Thank you for calming me down when I became angry because my makeup didn't look like the girl's in the magazine, and thank you for teaching me that I didn't need to look just like her to be pretty.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to take me to the doctor when I felt bad. Thank you for letting me squeeze your hand while getting a shot. Thank you for making me go back to school as soon as I felt better so I wouldn't get too far behind, and thank you for teaching me to value my education and for making sure I always tried my hardest.
Thank you for listening to me as I began to develop my own opinions and beliefs, and thank you for not telling me I was "too young to know what I was talking about" when they weren't the same as yours. Thank you for teaching me that I have a voice, too. That means more to me than I could ever express to you.
Thank you for loving me unconditionally. Despite all the breakdowns and drama and talking back, thank you for loving me anyway. Thank you for everything I forgot to say thank you for. Thank you, Mom.