11 Thank-Yous For Your Mother

Life Doesn’t Come With A Manual, It Comes With Moms And They Deserve These 11 Thank-Yous

All the thank you's you never got, but surely deserved.


Life doesn't come with a manual... it comes with a mother. My mother is the unspoken hero of our family, who does not get all the recognition that she deserves. Although my mom might be completely insane — but whose mom isn't — she's crazy because she loves us all so much. I always seem to forget to thank my mom for everything, and I mean everything, that she does for me

So, Mom... This is for you.

Thank you for always doing my hair when I was younger.

My hair is comparable to a lions mane — thick and wavy. It's the kind of hair that never dries the same way. So getting my hair into those cheer ponytails— which literally gives you a facelift — and the dance buns which were perfectly in the middle and had no flyaways at all was not an easy task. But she always made sure my hair was perfect for performance.

Thank you for always waking me up when I sleep through my alarm.

Not that it happens frequently, but sometimes it does. I wake up late due to forgetting to set an alarm, I stayed up late and just cannot wake up, or the mere fact that I just didn't know I had to wake up so early. She comes running down the stairs, wakes me up and makes sure I'm out the door on time.

Thank you for always picking out my dresses when I can't decide.

There's been plenty of events such as my sweet sixteen, graduation, my graduation party, and countless weddings, where I just have I idea what to wear. Do I go sexy, cute or simple? Do I go long, short, open back or sweetheart neckline? I just cannot make up my mind cause I like them all. So here comes mom to the rescue again and picks out which one looks the best on me.

Thank you for always taking care of me when I'm deathly ill, even though you'll probably get sick too.

I can be vomiting and have a fever of 103.2 and my mom is still bringing me Gatorade and toast making sure that I'm OK. Even when I was at college two and a half hours away, she would ship me medicine and gear to help me get better as soon as possible. Although she almost gets sick every time, she continues to put herself at risk to make sure I get better quickly.

Thank you for being my go-to sidekick during cheer season.

Although you may think I'm your sidekick, at the same time you're mine. You're the person I go to when I'm just so frustrated that the girls are not getting something, although they always seem to change my mind and get it done. You are there for me when I am at my breaking point with parents, other coaches, and cheerleaders and just need a minor break.

Thank you for giving me someone to make proud.

It is very difficult to be able to work hard when you only have yourself to make proud. But when you have someone else to make proud, it becomes easier. When I get an A on a paper or a 90 on an exam, it makes me want to come home and show you just to see the smile on your face.

Thank you for showing up and supporting me throughout my dance career.

My mom has always supported me throughout all the sport that I have competed in. Whether those be soccer, softball, cheerleading, and dance. Even when I had my appendix out two weeks before my university's dance team spring recital and I was not performing at my best, she drove the two and a half hours to my school to watch and take videos like Regina George's mom in "Mean Girls."

Thank you for not chewing me a new one when I forget to do the chores you assigned me.

Although this may be a weekly thing or occasion with me, whenever I get home I am not met with a screaming mom. You greet me and tell me to go and do the chores I forgot, whether it be passive aggressive or just normally delivered.

Thank you for always controlling my temper.

Whether I'm enraged by my younger sister moving at the pace of molasses 24/7 — or because someone is extremely rude to me — you tell me to just let it go because they will not change their ways. Although most times I still am mad, my mom helps me not say something I will regret later.

Thank you for being the same shirt, pants, dress and shoe size as me.

Having a parent that's the same size as you is extremely helpful when you cannot figure out what to wear. I just go shopping in her closet and figure out what I want. When I do not have certain shoes to go with my dress or outfit, upstairs I go to pick out the perfect pair.

Thank you for being the best mom any little girl could ask for.

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To The Dad Who Didn't Want Me, It's Mutual Now

Thank you for leaving me because I am happy.

Thank you, for leaving me.

Thank you, for leaving me when I was little.

Thank you, for not putting me through the pain of watching you leave.

Thank you, for leaving me with the best mother a daughter could ask for.

I no longer resent you. I no longer feel anger towards you. I wondered for so long who I was. I thought that because I didn't know half of my blood that I was somehow missing something. I thought that who you were defined me. I was wrong. I am my own person. I am strong and capable and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

In my most vulnerable of times, I struggled with the fact that you didn't want me. You could have watched me grow into the person that I have become, but you didn't. You had a choice to be in my life. I thought that the fact that my own father didn't want me spoke to my own worth. I was wrong. I am so worthy. I am deserving, and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

You have missed so much. From my first dance to my first day of college, and you'll continue to miss everything. You won't see me graduate, you won't walk me down the aisle, and you won't get to see me follow my dreams. You'll never get that back, but I don't care anymore. What I have been through, and the struggles that I have faced have brought me to where I am today, and I can't complain. I go to a beautiful school, I have the best of friends, I have an amazing family, and that's all I really need.

Whoever you are, I hope you read this. I hope you understand that you have missed out on one of the best opportunities in your life. I could've been your daughter. I could have been your little girl. Now I am neither, nor will I ever be.

So thank you for leaving me because I am happy. I understand my self-worth, and I understand that you don't define me. You have made me stronger. You have helped make me who I am without even knowing it.

So, thank you for leaving me.

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To My Beautiful Mother, Thank You For Everything

Here's the best "Thank You" I can put into words.


Today was not my day.

We were in the middle of a CVS and I started crying because I saw this Mike Wazowksi stuffed animal, and it reminded me of how fast I'm growing up. It was really, really stupid. You gave me your sunglasses to cover my blotchy eyes and told me to pretend we were at the pharmacy because I had an eye infection. I was sniffling and wearing these ridiculously oversized sunglasses (because sometimes you dress like an honest-to-god celebrity), and all the pharmacists and the people in line looked at us like we were insane. You didn't care. We drove around for a bit in your brand new car and you told me that there are just days like this and that I was going to be okay.

Later tonight, I went out for some fresh air. You picked me up in your pajama pants. I could tell that you were really tired. From the kitchen now, I can see the edge of your socks on our Michigan blanket. You were watching your lawyer show and you fell asleep on the couch again. Thanks for picking me up.

Dad says that when we were still living in that two-flat on Carmen, you liked to play Van Morrison and dance around in circles with me. "Into The Mystic" was our favorite one. To this day, I still love when I hear Van sing, "We were born before the wind." and when I'm away at school and they play"Brown-Eyed Girl" at the bar, I always think of our old house.

It used to be just me, you, dad, and a black lab. I was your first kid, and you and dad were barely 30 when I was born. You are both tan and happy in our first family photos. I like to think that the two of you were pretty excited to have me. I remember when dad painted The Cow Jumped Over The Moon on the far wall of my bedroom. There would be this big, bright-yellow saucer moon, and a smiling spoon holding hands with a dish waiting for me when I came home. I know that you wanted me to be a happy kid from the very first day. You dressed me like a chubby little corn on the cob for my first Halloween.

You watched "Monsters Inc." with me on the couch almost every night, and I know you got tired of it. You walked me around the neighborhood with stroller shaped like a little red car and we were the coolest chicks on the block. I lost my favorite stuffed animal, this spotted little dog, and we searched together for hours. You even helped me make "MISSING" posters and post them around the neighborhood, in case I left him at the park or playing outside. You brushed out my curls every morning before school even when I screamed and cried and fought you. You drove me to violin practice on Tuesday nights and let me play my Taylor Swift CD's on the way there, as long as you could listen to your music on the way back. One year you even took me to see her in concert at the Allstate Arena. You bought me a Taylor Swift poster, and we watched her music videos together on the home computer. You worked hard so I could have a good childhood.

You opened your own law practice and saved up money so I could go to this fancy, private school in the West Loop. The people there were different than me. They dressed differently and talked in a different way than I'd grown up with. To be crass, the majority of them had lots of money- and they acted like it. So, what did you do? You busted your ass off, and in addition to paying what was essentially college tuition, you took me shopping at Vineyard Vines so I could fit in with the kids at school. That was almost too nice of you. Like, maybe you should have just told me to shut up, wear the clothes I had already, and deal with it. You're too giving for that.

During the winter when the days were hard and everything just felt crappy, I took the Taylor Street bus to your office after school. You always gave me money to go get Chipotle across the street. You cleared out the conference room so I could either nap or do homework. We drove home together from downtown and the traffic was always unbearable, but we talked about what was going on in our lives as we inched down the highway. On the days like those, I felt like you were my best and truest friend in the world.

You taught me to be down-to-earth, and that a glass of wine a day is good for the health.

You didn't bat an eye when I told you I wanted to major in journalism. You stayed up late with me one night when I was a little bit... "sick", and ran a marathon the next day. I watched you run a political campaign and win fair-and-square. You refused to play into the games of politics, and I watched you become a Cook County Judge because of how fair and genuine you are. You taught me that dark hair and red lipstick will never go out of style. You taught me that a clean house is essential for peace of mind. You told me to never go to bed mad at someone I love.

So mother, as I reflect on the day we went through together today, I want you to know that the way you care for me will never go unnoticed. You are a kickass, professional woman, but also a pretty fun lady to be around. Thanks for your wisdom.

Thanks for everything.

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