Until I became a mother, I never knew how hard it is to put your kids above yourself, teach them honesty, strength and compassion by example, maintain patience and humour under the most trying circumstances, read Dr. Seuss yet again even though you’re exhausted, shield them from your own worries, love them no matter what they do and give them warm memories to last a lifetime. You made it look so easy.
Now I know just how much it touched your heart to receive those handmade Mother’s Day cards with “I love you” scrawled across them. Whenever I read books to my girls, make them macaroni and cheese with your recipe, tie a pony tail or sew a Brownie badges onto a sash, I remember you doing the same things when I was young. Every day I appreciate how devoted and selfless you were—and still are.
Sometimes I yearn for the day my little girls will become more independent and won’t need me quite so much. At the same time, I dread it. But I know that even after a girl grows up, marries and has kids of her own, she never stops needing her mother.
Love you, Mom. Happy Mother’s Day.