To Mom, My Wonder Woman

To Mom, My Wonder Woman

Superheroes exist, and my mom is living proof.
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I get writer's block a lot, but I don't think I've ever stared at a screen longer than I have while trying to come up with the words for this article. I mean...where does one even begin to explain their infinite gratitude for the very person who gave them life?

I guess I'll start here: my mom is a little weird. She's obsessed with all things Jimmy Buffet and has a disgusting amount of flamingo items (including but not limited to: a flamingo tattoo on her foot and a Christmas lawn flamingo). She buys socks labeled with L's and R's so she knows which go on which feet. I asked her what her favorite animal was the other day, expecting something normal like maybe elephant, giraffe, or dog. Her answer? "Platypus."

Yup, Wendy is a quirky one...that's for sure. But man do I love her, all weird quirks included.

I often forget how lucky I am to have the mother that I do. I think a lot of times I assume my relationship with my mom is how everyone's is: rocky points here and there, but at the end of the day there's always this underlying sense of unconditional love.

Then every once in a while, something will happen that puts things into perspective and makes me realize how extraordinary my relationship with my mom is. I'll hear, read, or see a story and I'll understand how rare my mother's care, gentleness, patience, and wisdom truly are.

Every day, I see a new side of strength in my mom. Until a few years ago, I never really grasped how courageously she's led her life. Her mother passed away when she was young, and although she was raised in the loving arms of her aunt and uncle, I've come to see the tragedy in growing up without your biological mother despite how great another parental figure may be.

Somehow though, I think that painful experience is what made my mom into the unbelievably incredible mother she is today. She loves so deeply and fully because she knows the value of that love. I don't know how she managed to do it, but she really mastered this whole "mothering" thing.

Her courage is what I admire most. I'm a big comic nerd, and I love my strong female characters like Supergirl and Wonder Woman. I look at these powerful women and think of the strength, bravery, and resilience they have and I wish that I could know them and be them. But then, I look at my mom and I realize that I have my own superhero right at home. She's strength, bravery, and resilience personified. Her unyielding care and compassion are weapons far more powerful than any shield or sword, and she binds her family together with a fiercely loyal and unbreakable love.

My mother is the strongest woman I know. She's witty, understanding, wise, kind, selfless, and relentlessly optimistic. I have never known someone as passionate toward all the multitudes of life as her, and I hope one day I can grow up to be at least half the woman she is. She may be an oddball who's a little too invested in her bird feeders and tracking of the weather, but she's my oddball and I wouldn't trade her for any of the superheroes on my shelves.

I love you mom, and I'm so proud to be your daughter. Thank you for all you do and for being the kind of mother some people only dream of.

Cover Image Credit: Casey Wahl

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The Thank You My Dad Deserves

While our moms are always the heroes, our dads deserve some credit, too.
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Dear Dad,

You’ve gone a really long time without being thanked. I'm not talking about thanks for things like opening the Gatorade bottle I couldn't or checking my tires when my car’s maintenance light is flashing, but rather the thanks I owe you for shaping me into the person I am today.

Thank you for teaching me what I deserve and for not letting me settle for anything less.

While the whole world was telling me I wasn’t good enough, you were there to tell me I was. Whether this was with boys, a friend, or anything else, you always built my confidence to a place I couldn’t build it to on my own. You showed me what my great qualities were and helped me feel unique. But most of all, you never let me settle for anything less than what I deserved, even when I wanted to. Without you, I wouldn’t be nearly as ambitious, outgoing or strong.

Thank you for giving me someone to make proud.

It’s hard to work hard when it’s just for myself, but so easy when it’s for you. All through school, nothing made me happier than getting a good grade back because I knew I got to come home and tell you. With everything I do, you give me a purpose.

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Thank you for showing me what selflessness looks like.

You are the prime example of what putting your family first looks like. If me wanting something means that you can’t get what you want, you’ll always sacrifice. From wearing the same t-shirts you’ve had since I was in elementary school so I could buy the new clothes I wanted, to not going out with your friends so you could come to my shows, you never made a decision without your family at the forefront of your mind. If there is one quality you have that I look up to you for the most, it’s your ability to completely put your needs aside and focus entirely on the wants of others.

Thank you for being the voice in the back of my head that shows me wrong from right.

Even though many of your dad-isms like “always wear a seatbelt” easily get old, whenever I’m in a situation and can’t decide if what I’m doing is right or wrong, I always can hear you in the back of my head pointing me in the right direction. While I may not boost your ego often enough by telling you you’re always right, you are.

Thank you for being real with me when nobody else will.

Being your child hasn’t always been full of happiness and encouragement, but that’s what makes you such an integral part of my life. Rather than sugarcoating things and always telling me I was the perfect child, you called me out when I was wrong. But what separates you from other dads is that instead of just knocking me down, you helped me improve. You helped me figure out my faults and stood by me every step of the way as I worked to fix them.

Most of all, thank you for showing me what a great man looks like.

I know that marriage may seem very far down the road, but I just want you to know that whoever the guy I marry is, I know he’ll be right because I have an amazing guy to compare him to. I know you’re not perfect (nobody is), but you’ve raised me in a such a way that I couldn’t imagine my kids being raised any differently. Finding a guy with your heart, drive, and generosity will be tough, but I know it will be worth it.


Dad, you’re more than just my parent, but my best friend. You’re there for me like nobody else is and I couldn’t imagine being where I am now without you.

Love you forever,

Your little girl

Cover Image Credit: Caity Callan

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