5 Lessons From My Mom

Dear mom,

Isn’t it ironic that the one person who celebrates everyone year round is only “recognized” for one day out of 365 each year? That is only .003% of the year dedicated to the woman who literally grew my body. (WTF) It seems as if every other day you are celebrating everyone else around you and you don’t expect any of it in return. What’s even crazier is that you actually find joy in celebrating others! You always told me that I’d never understand a mother’s love until I had a baby of my own. I never knew what you meant until I got a dog and felt a fraction of what you must feel for me. (Yikes!) Although I know you’d be the first to say that you weren’t perfect in raising us, I think that your imperfections are truly what make you the most perfect mom. You taught and continue to teach me so many things. In honor of this, I am going to share 5 things that you’ve taught me (even if at one point I thought you were crazy when you said them.)

  1. Clean up as you go when you’re cooking. 
  • This is actually the key to feeling like you have your shit together. There is no better feeling than finishing your meal knowing that the pan you just used is already clean and all you have to do is load your plate into the dishwasher.
  1. What bothers you now will kill you in 10 years. 
  • I’ve used this in all of my relationships and I BET every single one of my friends will tell you that I’ve said this to them at least once when they’re asking me for relationship advice.
  1. The only thing you can control is how you react. 
  • You are the best model of this to me and I’ve watched you grow in this through the years. You are the most patient human on earth.
  1. Throwing a few curls in your hair and putting on some lip color can literally change how you feel. 
  • You are the queen of being naturally beautiful but we all have our off days and you’ve taught me that this is often times the cure-all.
  1. Love is the most powerful force in the world. 
  • You’ve been tested and pushed to your limits and no matter what you always show up with love in your heart.

And just for a fun bonus lesson:

“What Suzie says about Sally says more of Suzie than of Sally”

AKA it’s not our place to judge anyone. You’ve taught me the importance of acceptance, patience, loyalty, and late night drives to get slushies all while encouraging me to be confident in my own skin. You’ve pushed me to take risks so I can experience life and have always been there for me. You’ve never undermined my anxiety whether big or small and still to this day when my stomach hurts all I want is you (and peppermint oil lol). Thank you for being strong when you didn’t have to and showing me that vulnerability doesn’t translate to weakness. Thank you for being my best friend and, most importantly, thank you for being you. Happy Mother’s Day!

 

I love you forever!

Xo, your best girl


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