To The Most Wonderful Mom Ever

To The Most Wonderful Mom Ever

You truly deserve more than the world and stars combined. I love you, Momma.
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This day comes around every year and we constantly ask our moms and grandmothers and so on what they want for this special occasion. We typically get the same response of "I just want to spend this day with you," or "I don't want anything special," or some heartfelt explanation of "I just want you to grow up and be happy and to truly be yourself as that is the greatest gift you could give me." Well as many may know, this response gets old and annoying pretty fast. We know you truly do want us to grow and be happy, but after all these years of you giving us gifts, we want to return the favor.

Momma, I don't even know where to begin. You are the strongest and most beautiful woman, inside and out, that I have ever met. You always give no matter what, even if you don't have the money or the time to. From day one, we always knew you had our backs. You worked so hard to make our lives the most enjoyable that you could. In our early childhood you were a single mother working hard to pay bills and to supply for your three kids at the time. No, we didn't have fancy things or a lot of money, but the fact that you worked hard and came home to shower us in nothing but your love was enough to make everyone happy. The love and happiness that you gave us doesn't even begin to cover that amount of gratitude and respect us kids have for you. You were always there, even when you didn't have to be.

I remember you coming to all of mine and my siblings school field trips. It just made the day so much more fun. And now as we have gotten older, the days and moments we share are much more fun and cherishing. Even now you still pester us about school and aggravate us just for the fun of it. You still tickle me to death and hold me like a child when I need you. You always listen to me and my problems and are always there to give me the best wisdom and knowledge you have. I know I can always come to you about anything because you will always understand me and comfort me when I feel like drowning in my own insecurities. You always try to see things from my perspective and I love you for that. I may give you hell sometimes (less now than from when I was a kid), but you never give up on me or any of your kids for that matter. You are always rooting us on for anything we strive to do in life. It doesn't matter if our profession we aspire to have one day makes a lot of money a year or not, you just care that we reach our dreams and make them a reality.

And don't even get me started on how caring you are. You have the biggest heart I know and that is a trait you don't see in many people these days. You always have a beautiful smile on your face and something quirky to say which is just adorable. You are so kind and sensitive to the world and the people around you and you always let me know that it is okay to be sensitive because that is a trait we share. As I have gotten older, I have realized how much alike I am to you. And I am beginning to love it. We both share an igniting compassion for everyone and everything and we both love with all of our hearts. We are both sensitive to our surroundings which can make us emotional at times, but I'd like to believe that's just because we understand more than we give ourselves credit for. We both carry burdens bigger than us sometimes but you always pick us back up even when I can't pick myself up. I aspire to be like that one day.

The bond between you and I, Momma, doesn't just cover a relationship between a daughter and a mother, or even between two best friends. No, the bond we have is much greater. Our bond is like the connection between the sun and the earth, or between you and Phantom of the Opera; one can't live without the other (don't worry, I love that movie just as much. We seriously wouldn't be able to live without it). I am so grateful I have you in my life, even if I don't always show it. I have been blessed with an angel for a mother and I hope one day my children will look at me the same way.

So can't you see Momma (and other moms out there), we simply ask what you want because we know we can never give you what you deserve; the universe and more. Oh well, since you still won't budge, I guess you're stuck with more flowers and a card.

I love you, Momma.

Cover Image Credit: Motherhood: The Real Deal

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Here's Your Reminder To Let The People You Care About KNOW That You Love Them

It's so scary to think that one moment everything is fine and then something happens so out of no where and out of your control.

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Last week I stared at my phone screen, not believing what my friend had just told me. Our close friend's father had just passed. I didn't know him well, but there was still a huge knot in my stomach, obviously feeling awful for my friend. That has to be one of the most horrible things, that I could never in a million years imagine having to go through. I told my friend I was thinking of her, but honestly, I tried to push it out of my mind that entire week. It's so scary to think that one moment everything is fine and then something like this happens so out of nowhere and out of your control.

Sometimes things happen in our lives that are unexplainable. This semester has had its ups and downs for me, but it's been pretty smooth sailing overall. I usually gladly stay on campus for the weekends, surrounded by my friends and so much going on, rather than taking the hour-long train ride home. Of course, I miss my family, but I am rarely thinking about it, especially on a Friday night.

This past weekend, however, I had this overwhelming desire to be at home for the weekend, and I couldn't figure out why. Sure, I had more work to do than normal so going home would probably force me to be more productive. I had also been sick that week, so it would be easier to kick my cold in the comfort of my own home than in my dorm. And as much as I adore Brower (not really), it can never hurt to get a good home cooked meal. I kept telling myself I would be home for spring break in two weeks, so none of these reasons really added up to my wanting to be home for the weekend.

Nevertheless, after a late date night on Friday, I decided to pack up my things early Saturday morning and haul my duffel bag to the train. And by the end of my weekend at home, I realized why I needed to be there so badly. I hadn't really confronted how hearing about the loss made me feel and how it was affecting me.

Writing this sounds selfish. Why should it matter how I feel when someone I care about is over there grieving and going through such immense pain? But after a week of pushing it out of my mind, I saw these events as an eye opener for my own life. Even though I have a really close bond with my own father, we fight a lot more often than I'd like, and sometimes I need a reminder to just let things go. I don't show it enough, but I love my dad so much and need to be grateful for the important role he plays in my life.

It sounds like stating the obvious to preach the importance of cherishing every second because you don't know when will be the last, but we often forget. No one should have to suffer through loss, and it scares me the more and more I think about it. I wish there was such a thing as the perfect thing to say to help someone through such an unexplainable situation like this. I guess all you can do is be there for them, give the people you love a hug, and appreciate the little moments you're lucky enough to spend with family.

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