You’ve taught me so much---of course, the expected---
how to walk, talk, and be a functioning member of society.
But it’s more than that.
You’ve taught me that a life without happiness is not much of a life at all.
You’ve shown me that Family is not just a word, but a feeling, a place, a home.
You’ve held my hand throughout the years, from scraped knees to broken hearts, making sure I knew it was always going to be okay.
I am so lucky that God lets your title be both Mom and Best Friend---or are the two synonymous anyway?
So today, on your birthday, please allow me to say thank you:
Thank you for listening to my worries, numerous and annoying as they are.
Thank you for standing beside me always.
Thank you for giving me your strength when I’ve lost mine along the way.
Thank you for reminding me that fairy tales are possible, and sometimes it’s better to befriend your dragons than slay them.
Thank you for showing me that beauty is so much more than what we see in the mirror.
Thank you for showing me just how strong a woman can be.
Thank you for demonstrating determination in every sense of the word.
Thank you for reminding me that kindness and compassion are two of the best weapons to have in your arsenal.
Thank you for creating me.
Thank you for loving me.
Thank you for giving me the words I needed when my own voice was weak.
Thank you for being you.
Do me a favor, will you? Please tell your mother, and all your family members, that you love them. Life is beautiful and short.
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