NOTE. This is one of a series of requested letters that will be posted under “Form Letters” for those of you who would like an idea or a template for a letter of your own.
My love for you is a given. We have that bond between us that we have strengthened through the years with our expressions of love…in both actions and words.
But have I ever told you that I am grateful? For life. For your nurturing care. For your helping me become who I am today?
Well, I know that I haven’t thanked you enough nor properly. And there have been times when I didn’t appreciate you. And you knew it. But even then I noticed.
And I learned.
I learned to value my life and the wonderful cosmic miracle that placed me in your hands so many years ago. My fortunate birth was not of my doing…and perhaps not of your doing either…but I love that we are together in this world. Because I can see the two of us more clearly now and marvel at the gifts you have given me:
A little bit of your silly bone, although I am still working on that.
Your tenacity and drive.
And, hopefully, your endurance and longevity.
I got your eyes (that’s good) and I got your hips (maybe not so good).
At first glance, not everything has worked for me. Yet even the unworkable gifts have offered me lessons by example.
I learned that being present is important.
I learned that assertiveness is better than manipulation.
I learned not to wear socks with my sandals.
Overall, you taught me many more valuable lessons than I can name.
I learned that I can be self-reliant.
I learned to love food and keep myself healthy with good food.
I learned that education is key and that life-long learning is the master key.
I learned that anything is possible.
Best of all, I learned to be a mother.
Thank you, Mom.