AKA a day to celebrate the most impressive people on this planet: moms. And my mom really is impressive. and kind. and beautiful. and inspiring.
Happy Mother's Day. I've always thought that Mother's Day was a weird thing to celebrate, not because it does not deserve celebration, but because it's only ONCE a year. I think it's silly to have one day a year that we are supposed to be overly appreciative of our mothers, rather than being appreciative and grateful everyday. And I say this because I'm guilty of falling for the Hallmark trap. I know that I don't show you gratitude and appreciation every day. I take you for granted often, because you have always been there for me. I've never known a time that you haven't been there for me, that you haven't had my back. But that's totally flawed on my part. So here's a very cliche, and very sincere letter of appreciation for you on Mother's Day.
Melanie and Beth told me a story about when they first met you, and how they searched endlessly "to find a flaw on Janey." They told me the only thing they could find was your ankles... which is pretty damn impressive, especially considering how well you wear heels. I know you have flaws, like that you work too hard, and you're a perfectionist, but it's only because you're running the world. To me, you are perfect. The other day when we were out shopping you turned and laughed at me and the smile on your face and in your eyes will be stuck in my head forever. I look at you and aspire to be as amazing as you are. When people find out I'm your daughter, they smile and tell me some story about you, about how much respect they have for you. And it's because you have done so much good, because you have worked hard for so many people-friends, family, employees, students-because you stand up for others, and because you care.
With that, I'd like to thank you. I would like to thank you for everything you do for me, and dad, and Jake, and Grandpa, and everyone else in your life. Thank you for working so hard to give me everything I've ever needed, wanted, and more. Thank you for always loving me, unconditionally, no matter how much of a brat I may have been (or may be in the future). Thank you for always supporting me, letting me chase my dreams, and following beside me. Thank you for keeping me grounded and for not letting me get my head too far up my ass. Thank you for pushing me, for challenging me, and always reminding me that life is a beautiful gift. Thank you for letting me cry when I'm tired, or stressed, or upset. Thank you for being a wonderful and inspiring role model to me and so many others.
I could write you pages, but I know you know how much I love you. So I trust that you will go do at least a few things for yourself today, even if it's only working out and getting a pedicure, because you deserve it today and every day. I'm going to try to not waste your money by passing my EMT practicals.
I love you to the moon and back.
Writing is something I have always been passionate about. I love sharing my stories, my thoughts, my advice, but mostly, I write to record memories and express myself. So here are a few of my fondest memories, best and worst moments, my most profound and boisterous thoughts, and riskiest advice. Enjoy!