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With Mother’s Day coming up, I wanted to take the time to reflect on the most influential role model in my life: my mom!
A letter to my mom…
From day one, the love you’ve had for me was an unconditional love that I could never understand until I had my baby. That instant connection, overpowering love, and natural instinct to protect are just a few things I felt growing up and now feel from your point of view with my own. I can never put into words how much I appreciate you as a mom and the many, MANY sacrifices you made for me as a child. And to this day, your love for me is still unwavering.
I am sorry for not appreciating you more, not because I took you for granted but simply because I didn’t know how much I meant to you. I am sorry for any resistance I showed towards you as a child, not because I wanted to give you a hard time but simply because I didn’t know you were trying to protect me. I am sorry for ever doubting your word, not because I didn’t trust you but simply because I didn’t know you cared so much. I am sorry simply because I didn’t know… until I became a mom.
You were there from the moment I became a mom (literally, you were physically present for that moment) and since then, you’ve been there no matter what. From changing Dominic’s poopy diapers to getting spit up on your outfit several times a day to getting batteries for me at 10PM because Dominic’s sleeping aide needed them, you never hesitate to jump in. I appreciate it all more than I’ll ever be able to describe.
As a teenager, I often thought of the day that I went out into the world and did things the way I wanted to do them instead of doing things the way I was told to do them. The teenage mindset of, “I’ll show them! My parents were never young before so clearly they don’t know how I feel or what I’m going through,” is so laughable! I need you now just like I needed you as a child. There will never be a time where I won’t ever need you or miss you. And I’m sure Dominic will pay me back for those teenage years.????
I know my journey as a mom has only just begun, but having you as a mom has already taught me more than I could ever read in any “first-time parenting” book. Your experience, knowledge, and love has provided me a foundation on which I choose to use in raising Dominic. I never questioned the bond between us and since becoming a mom, I have so much more respect for you and what you have done for me throughout my life. This mommy job is HARD and I’m so grateful to have you in my corner. Be patient with me as I try to figure this mommy thing out and “follow the rules.” I do hear your eyes roll around in your head when I quote the research to you!
Your journey as a grandma has also just begun and I can already see that this is going to be your best journey yet!
I love you, Mommy????