To The Mom Who Never Gets Enough Credit

To The Mom Who Never Gets Enough Credit

Mom, I am here to say thank you for all that you do every day for our family.
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Moms are superheroes in disguise and they hardly ever get the proper amount of recognition for all that they do. So, mom, I am here to say thank you for all that you do every day for our family, you are truly an incredible and remarkable woman.

Somehow you wake up every morning before we are awake so you can make sure we have everything we need for the day and to give us a hug and a kiss and tell us that you love us. I mean I really am old enough now to where you don't need to wake up before me every morning, but I'm not going to lie, I really love getting a hug from you before I start my day. And I know for a fact that when we were younger, getting us dressed, fed and out the door was a heroic act in itself.

You do so much for our family and you never complain, because you're inherently selfless, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be appreciated and recognized for all that you do. From the minute you wake up to the minute you go to sleep, pretty much everything you do during the day is for us. Whether it's getting us dress, changing a dirty diaper, making our food, helping us with homework or driving us all over God's green earth; somehow you get it all done with a smile on your face. I don't know how you have the patience but bless you.

You know the saying "moms know best"? Well as I've gotten older, I know that statement is true. A mother's intuition is incredible, you can literally read our minds without us having to say anything. And you have the maternal instinct that you can feel something is about to happen to us even if we are 100 miles away. It's kinda creepy but awesome at the same time. You also give the best advice and always offer a listening ear whenever we may need it, which is one of the most comforting things in the world.

You're also like a ninja multitasker and can get so much done at once like it's no big deal. Hopefully one day I'll acquire that skill because right now I still can't even pat my head and rub my tummy at the same time.

Mom, perhaps the most wonderful thing about you is your beautiful heart. You don't get told enough how beautiful you are inside & out. You love so intently and care so deeply for our family, and that love radiates within our home to make it the most comforting and safe place in the world. You sacrifice a lot for our family and I wouldn't have had the amazing life I've had if it weren't for your constant support, guidance, and encouragement if it hadn't been for you. You are the type of woman who would take the shirt off your back for a complete stranger, which is a woman rare and hard to find. You are so brave to have taken on the role of being a mother and I am so grateful that you are mine.

Thank you for being a woman to look up to and being the woman I aspire to become. Thank you for sacrificing so much for us and always putting us first, you didn't need to do that. Thank you for always being there for a hug or an "I love you". Thank you for being the most phenomenal mom in the world, there is no one else quite as special as you.

I love you mom.

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A Letter To MY Future Daughter

It is my goal that one day my daughter will feel as safe and happy as me because of a mother's great care.
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To My Future Daughter,

The world is a scary place, but never let it get the best of you. As you grow older, never let go of the thought when you were small that the world is a beautiful place. Although some days are ugly and may seem unfair, you will always find the light into a better day.

When it comes to schoolwork, you are going to fail plenty of tests and you are going to ace plenty of tests. Either way, your grades do not define you, but I encourage you to work hard as there is no better feeling than succeeding and knowing a lot about something. Additionally, you will consistently hear that you should do what you love and there is nothing more true than that.

Sometimes you begin chasing what you think you might love and then you realize that it just was not meant to be, and that is OK. Not everyone can be a doctor, artist, accountant or whatever it might be. You might not know what it is you are meant to do in that moment, but I guarantee that you will find it.

When you do get there, the happiness will never escape.

When it comes to taking care of yourself, remember that your body is your temple (sure, you can laugh at that statement). Treat it with respect and love yourself unconditionally. Not every day will you look in the mirror and love what you see, but I can guarantee you it is just a bad day. If you do find your love fading, though, never be scared to seek help. When you allow for unhealthy things to bottle up, you will break down. Keep your head held high and remember that you are beautiful and there is nothing more amazing than realizing there is only one of you and you are awesome.

When it comes to your parents, you will hate them and you will love them and the cycle will always turn. At the end of the day, remember that your parents will continuously love you through all of your decisions and only want the best for you. As I go through my own life and watch my friends and myself go through a good time or a difficult time, I reach out to my own mother always. There is no one’s opinion that I value more than my own mother's. She is wise and has gone through it all … never be afraid to reach out and ask for help or tell her about your day.

One day you will be in college and wish you could see her everyday just like before.

When it comes to boys, be yourself and understand that heartache is one of the biggest challenges that you will overcome. It might not be overnight, but you will get there and the successful feeling that comes with it is unbelievable. Remind yourself also that your prince charming will not be the first boy to cross your path … as you grow older, your interests change and be open to taking time for yourself and friends to figure out who you are.

Oh, and NEVER let a boy get in between you and your friends.

As someone who is young and still has a long life ahead of me, it is my hope that in the far, far future when I am ready to begin a family that my children grow up happy and safe as my mother has always made me feel.

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How Living With A Narcissist Changed My Relationship With Others

Happiness is completely temporary in the world of the narcissist
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Throughout my childhood, I lived under the same roof of a narcissist. A soul-sucking person that reels you in just to push you back down. It never fully affected me until I saw the effects on my mother and I’ve learned to keep my guard up ever since then.

It was never apparent to me that this person’s actions had full effect on me as a child. I witnessed a person who created an allusion that their lack of empathy towards others was because of their past experiences in life. In reality, they lacked any emotional or physical support for others in general.

Happiness is completely temporary in the world of the narcissist. And as I grew older, I noticed that the feelings of happiness were very short-lived and fragile whenever they were around. But my life was never full of gloom, I enjoyed a lot of my childhood. But going home to know that the world around me was delicate, was very unsettling.

Even though I was young, I could still see past the lies and the fake, charismatic actions of this person. Their actions were solely so they could benefit from it and I saw how it affected others around me.

Today, I have learned the warning signs of when a narcissistic person comes into your life. These people acquaint themselves with excuses, lies and being self-absorbed. Their life revolves around materialistic items, the assumption that everyone approves of them and that they are never wrong. It took me years as a young child to see how this affected my mother and the rest of my family. The narcissist would try to praise you and raise you up, right before they would demean and snub you.

So looking back at my past, I understand why I had lost trust in others and kept my guard up. I began to believe that it was common for people to praise then humiliate and to love, then cheat. It has been a slow process, but I am learning to see the warnings signs. I hope you pay attention to them too.

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