It's time to give some recognition to all the moms that weren't captioned their child's "best friend" on social media.
No hate to anyone who does consider their relationship with their mom to be more like a friendship, this is just meant to show a little love to all of the mother-daughter relationships that aren't like that, like mine.
So, Mom, if you're reading this, and I know you are, I want you to know that our relationship, as rocky as it may be, has made me who I am today and for that, I could never wish it away. So, thank you for telling me what you think, even when I don't ask, and never apologizing for it.
You may be the one person in my life that will always tell me when (you think) I'm wrong or tell me anything for that matter, that I need to hear. You don't hold back in fear of starting a fight or worry about me getting mad at you because you don't care.
And when I say "you don't care" I mean it in the best of ways, you aren't trying to tiptoe around my feelings because you could care less if I disagree with something you say. Your job as my mother is not to spare my feelings and caudal me for the rest of my life, your job is to raise me to be a strong, independent, successful women who can dish it just as well as she can take it.
Your job is to give me everything that you wished you had in hopes that my story ends differently than yours. Your job is to make sure I am confident enough to speak my mind always because a little confrontation has never scared you away.
Every parent gets to choose how they raise their child and you decided that you were not put on this earth to be my "best friend." You were meant to give me a run for my money every step of the way because this world is not soft on anyone, and I need to be ready.
I have big dreams, as you know, and if I'm going to make it I need to know that nothing comes easy. But that hard work does reap rewards that make all the times of struggle so worth it.
We have grown up in such different worlds so how on earth are you supposed to relate to every single thing that I'm going through. You have your stories and I have mine, but I'm so glad we can agree that you probably don't want to know every little thing that I do, and I don't want to tell you.
We just can't relate the way I relate to my friends, and that's okay because you're not my friend, you're my mom.
Every mother-daughter relationship is different, and maybe in due time each one eventually does mature to friendship, maybe my mom and I just aren't there yet, I don't know.
What I do know is I love my mom for all that she is, and she's a lot of things, but that's okay because so am I.
Here's to mothers doing the hardest job with the least amount of "thank you"s.
We can sit back and criticize them all we want, I know I have, but until the day we take their place, we'll never really know how it feels to be mothers ourselves.
Maybe it will take me stepping into the role where "you can't do anything right" to look at my mom as a friend who's been through it, only time will tell.
Will I raise my kids exactly the way I was raised? Absolutely not. The same way my parents chose not to raise me the way they were raised. Maybe somewhere along the generations, we'll finally get it right, but until then we will continue to learn from one another's mistakes and take notes on their successes.
So here is a final thank you to my not so perfect mom, for putting up with her anything but perfect daughter, and for not trying to force us to be something we're not.