Mom, I'm Sorry For Never Understanding Your True Worth

Mom, I'm Sorry For Never Understanding Your True Worth — Until Now

This break lasted a week and I took over most of her responsibilities. At the end of the week, I learned how much she does for the family and how much she sacrifices to make sure my dad and I are happy.

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My mom had to take a break from her regular duties due to some personal reasons. She could not cook, could not clean, and had to stay away from any heavy physical activity. This break lasted a week and I took over most of her responsibilities. At the end of the week, I learned how much she does for the family and how much she sacrifices to make sure my dad and I are happy.

Thank you, mom, for everything you do. I now truly understand your value.

I, like most of the kids my age, always thought my mom nagged too much when she complained about no one helping her in the house. Whenever she asked me to something, I would say I don't have time because I have to study and then I would just waste time on my laptop.

But, now that I have had a chance to be in her shoes, I feel so guilty for doing any of that.

She wakes up at 5 a.m. every morning, Monday through Friday. She gets ready and has to make breakfast for her and my dad, make their lunches to take to work, and sometimes she even makes lunch for me. She has to do all that by 6:45 because she leaves the house by then.

Since I cannot wake up at 5 in the morning, I used to prepare sandwiches the night before and still get so tired and lazy. For breakfast, I made my dad make his own and make it for my mom.

When she comes back from work at 7, she has to make dinner in less than a half hour. And, she never takes the easy way out. My mom makes a full course meal for most of the week. As soon as she comes home, she goes straight to the kitchen and starts working. After dinner, she cleans up everything and washes all the dishes.

I came home from college, with two classes on some days, and I was beyond exhausted. Then, I sat down for a bit before I even stepped into the kitchen, and then even with the little rest in between, I made very simple things, such as pasta. Also, I made my dad wash my dishes because I was tired.

I didn't even do half the things my mom does for our family and I was exhausted by the night.

This past week really helped me understand my mom and all that she does for us. I came to realize that I always took my mom for granted. I love her a lot and I appreciate her even more.

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When You Give A Girl A Papa

She'll learn enough lessons to last a lifetime.
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When you give a girl a Papa she'll have the best adventures.

She'll run around atop his shoulders and learn to fly. Her imagination will never run dry and she'll always be down for a laugh. He'll tell her stories and wipe away her tears. When you give a girl a Papa she'll have memories to last her years.

Papa is German for Dad but in America, it has become a slang term for grandpa. And while it is just a word, for some, it has a deeper meaning. Papa isn't just a grandfather, he's a best friend, the instigator of mischief, a protector, a storyteller, a rock, the strongest man you know and, most importantly, a hero.

Papa can turn ordinary, everyday activities into an adventure. From a young age, I was running behind him as quickly as my little legs could carry me ready for that day's adventure. I was always down for anything Papa was doing, following him in his daily chores and mimicking his every move. Cuddling up and watching sports in his lazy chair was my favorite time of the day because he always told the best stories. Sitting there hanging onto every word he said because it was the most important thing I ever heard.

Papa is full of experience and wisdom. His wise words provide comfort every time I am sad. He can always make me laugh to fight the tears away. I'm not sure how, but he always knows what to say to make me feel better. Papa is a fearless force that never bows and is never broken. He can weather all of the storms while smiling and laughing. I can only hope to have that resilience when facing life's problems. And when Papa was struggling with his own battles, I will stand right next to him, ready to fight and do all I can for him.

Papa can do a happy dance via the phone so he is the person to call when something good happens. He is always there to celebrate life and all its joy. And, even though he tried to hide them, he cried happy tears the day of my high school graduation. I pretended not to notice.

Leaving Nana and Papa's house is always the worst part of the trip. Driving away waving my hand in the air with tears welling in my eyes because I can't wait for the next adventure. Disappointing Papa was the scariest thing you I could think of, but I knew that he would never stay that way for long. There was always a lesson to learn from mistakes.

He is the man I model all men after. If they don't treat me the way Papa demonstrated, they are not worthy of my time. If they don't make me laugh or have that twinkle of passion in their eyes and fire in their soul like my Papa, then they aren't the man for me.

Papa is my hero. I would give anything to be like him, to stand strong and hold the world together when it just wants to fall apart. To be able to make anyone laugh and feel right at home. To fight for what I believe in and work hard to achieve my goals. To have charisma and charm. To deal with people who wrong me with class and kindness. To follow my faith with questions because that is the only way to make your beliefs stronger. To be the person everyone speaks of with a fond memory in their eye.

At the end of it all, he is my Papa and no one can take his place. I can and will drop anything to be by his side. He has shaped me into the person that I am working to be. I will always call him for advice and kind words.

Best friends come in many forms, but my favorite will always be my Papa.

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To The One Human Who Is Right About Everything In The World, Thank You

Mother knows best.

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In our lives, mothers play a role which can't be put into words. Her place in our hearts and everywhere is special and different. As children, our relationship with her is unique as we love her endlessly but our love can't be compared with hers, which goes to extremes and is unconditional.

Today, I am living my dream and following my passion, all because of the sacrifices my mother made for me. She is the one who taught me the meaning of discipline, hard work, and respect. I have never come across any individual in my entire life who is as hardworking as she is. When I was in school, she was the one who used to stay awake with me during my exams so that I could study and not fall asleep. She was so concerned that even though at times she was tired, she could actually not fall asleep until I was done with the studies.

She is the best person to vent to and offers me the best advice along with the personal anecdotes which are both funny and calming. She taught me from being an empathetic human to learning how to be bold and ask for what you deserve. When I hear her childhood experiences, I feel proud that she has always been this hardworking and a competent individual who was not only the best at the studies but also managed her childhood so well even without a mother. Today she is a working mother who is a multitasker and does everything with perfection.

I came to New York last year for my higher studies and my life completely changed, except for one thing: it's my mother who wakes me up in the morning. We are miles apart but a call from her every morning is a part of my daily routine.

It's true that we can never count our mother's activities. Every mother works 24/7 for her family and children which is like a career in itself. Without my mother, I wouldn't be the person I am today. She's always been there, since the day I was born and has worked unimaginably hard in order for me to have the best life.

I am proud of her and I am grateful to have her in my life. Here's wishing all the mothers a very happy Mother's Day.

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