I think you know that the hardest part of college for me is being away from home, but I haven't told you how much I've started to appreciate the little things. I've never said thank you.
Thank you for always pushing me in school as a kid. My homework was never optional, but you always made sure that I knew it was my responsibility. You always helped when I needed you to, but you always trusted me to tell you the truth about everything. You always taught me to be responsible for myself, and that has made me the way I am today.
Thank you for showing me how to be compassionate. I didn't always understand that there were people who were different than me growing up, but you taught me to show love to everyone. When another person needed help, you taught me to help them. You always teach love, acceptance, and understanding.
Thank you for always encouraging me throughout high school and never making me do anything you knew I didn't want to do. Anytime I say I want to try something new, you are my biggest supporter and if I love it, you are my #1 fan. Even if it turns out to not be for me, you're still proud of me and you always make sure I know that.
Thank you for always being there for me. Even now, you always make sure that I know I can come home anytime I want to. You go out of your way to make trips to see me and take me out to lunch. You always answer the phone when I call and you care about every single day-to-day problem I ever have. You make sure you're with me for every big event in my life and you have no idea how much I appreciate it.
Thank you for being the perfect role model for me, now and when I was growing up. You consistently teach me life lessons every single day and make me the best version of myself. You have always shown me how to be humble and intelligent and how to carry myself with grace. You have always been an excellent example of how a woman should be.
Words cannot describe how much you mean to me, and how thankful I am that you're my mom.
I love you always,