Perhaps this is the first mother’s day where I really fully understand how lucky I am to have you as my mom. Don’t get me wrong, I have always loved you and been thankful for you but not to the extent I should have. After going away to college and being apart for so long, I realized how lucky I am to have you in my life and how much I depend on you.
A little more than a month ago, you were on your way home from your much-deserved vacation in Mexico. I was scheduling for classes and realized that OChem 2 had completely filled up and there was no way I could get into the class even though I needed it in order to continue on the track I am on. Frustrated and unsure of what to do, I called the one person I knew could help me—you. Of course though, you were in the air and couldn’t answer. For that brief two hours I was restless trying to figure out exactly what to do and longed to hear your voice. As soon as you called back, you made me feel better and realize that it wouldn’t be the end of the world if I had to wait a semester to take the class.
You are always the first person I call with any news. You are the first person I call when something bad happens because I always know that you will help me figure out a solution. You are the first person I call when something good happens because I always know that you will continue to cheer me on. You are the first person I call when I feel sick or am frustrated or scared or just need to talk. No matter what, you always know exactly what to say.
Weather you know it or not, you are my biggest role model. I look up to the way you solve problems and get things done; I try and emulate your assertiveness (especially with the insurance company). I watch the way you love, and admire the way that you and dad have been able to stay married for 20+ years despite the stress of life, which often drives people apart. I try and take after your selflessness. You are one of the most selfless people I know. I remember at Kol Emet when you used to head the Caring Committee and bring food to people who were sick or who had lost a loved one. On Shabbat, Rabbi Cove had asked who had done a mitzvah in the past week. You had been busy preparing food for someone that week and I raised my hand to tell him what you had done. You instantly pulled my hand down. You later explained to me that you didn’t do it for the recognition; you were doing it because you really did care. I hope one day I will touch as many lives as you have.
I know I am not always the easiest kid to care for and that I cause a lot of stress in your life. I am so thankful that no matter how hard things have gotten you have never given up on me. You have taught me that certain people and certain goals are worth fighting for.
I know that the mushy gushy hallmark card and strawberry plant that Annabelle and I gave you last night doesn’t really do justice to all you have given me as my mother. I wish I could give you the assurance that I will be ok in life so that you wouldn’t have to worry anymore. Maybe I can come close by promising to continue to do my best to stay healthy, promising to call 911 when I need it, and by promising to always have my emergency medications on me. If it is any assurance, you have set me up to live a very healthy, long and successful life. Thank you for always pushing me to follow my dreams even though I know if you could, you would stick me in a bubble and keep me home. I promise you, it is all going to be worth it!
I love you lots mom! Thanks for all the sacrifices you have made for me, thanks for drying my tears and thanks for always loving me. I hope that when I become a mom (don’t worry, not any time soon) I can be just as amazing as you are.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom!!!