MamaBlogga’s July writing project is called “Thanks, Mom” and this is my entry.
I thought that it would be best to write it in the form of a letter.
I know that I haven’t always appreciated what you’ve done for me. There have been so many times that I’ve taken you for granted.
Today I wanted to list three things that you did for me for which I will be forever grateful:
- You started teaching me to read when I was four. You didn’t trust the task to others; you took the time to teach me yourself. You had no way of knowing that I would grow up to be a writer or that I would depend so heavily on my reading skill, but I do. If it hadn’t been for your early lessons I might not be able to do what I do today.
- You encouraged me to try different things. If some kind of lesson was being offered in the community, you made sure that I got the opportunity to take it. “She has to discover who she is,” you said, and you were right. I’m sure you remember all the activities that I tried and quit over the years: ballet, art, piano, clarinet, guitar, and probably many others that I can’t even think of now.
- You took the effort to make life fun. You showed me that there was more to life than chores and work. I still remember the Halloween parties you planned, the Easter egg trees you made, the homemade valentines, and the glitter angel that we made together. Perhaps it was your extra efforts in this area that has taught me to look for contentment in whatever circumstances I find myself.
Mom, thank-you for all that you’ve given to me. I will always and forever be your daughter.
Note: My mom passed away four years ago. She is beyond needing to read this letter now, but I very much wish that I could give it to her. We weren’t always close, but before she died I came to love and appreciate her in new ways. Cherish your mothers while you have them because you never know when they will be taken from you.
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