We had a movie night watching “Mom’s Night Out” tonight. It is one of my favorite movies because it makes me laugh so much every time, and it just reaffirms that you are doing okay. No matter where you are in life, God still loves you and there are others who believe in you and love you, too.
To kick off my 30 days of gratitude, it seems only appropriate to thank the people who have been there for me my whole life.
So here’s the first of that series:
Thank you for working as a teacher. By your example, you taught me the value of hard work and the importance of education. You taught me that learning was fun and interesting and exciting. I know that you chose to be a teacher because you enjoyed it, but also because it allowed you to be present in our lives. We never worried about not having mom around because you were always there for everything that was important to us. Thank you for teaching me how important it is to have mom around.
Thank you for not allowing me to make excuses. Thank you for holding me accountable for my actions and decisions. You weren’t overbearing or authoritarian, but you allowed me to face certain consequences when I did not make wise decisions.
Thank you for teaching me how to be independant. I have learned how to do many things that people my age struggle to learn. I know how to do laundry, wash dishes, pump gas into my car, garden, make appointments, leave tips, clean, cook, and shop on a budget. I know how to watch and analyze gas prices, grocery prices, and sale prices. I know how to take care of my car and save money for unexpected expenses. I know how to avoid debt and use what I have.
Thank you for teaching me to love. Through your example, I learned how to give to those in need, serve those with disabilities or who are in distress, and love people for what’s on the inside. Because of how you love me, I have learned how to love my future kids and show them my love. Because of how you love your mom, I have been reminded that love doesn’t have to end or diminish over the years or when you are apart. Because of how you love my dad, I have learned that love is patient, kind, selfless, and forgiving.
Thank you for teaching me to trust. Thank you for being trustworthy. Thank you for being approachable. Thank you for being a kind and wise teacher.
Thank you for all you have done that has made me who I am.
Yesterday was Mother’s Day and I didn’t remember how much I miss my mom until I really stopped to remember the reason for mothers day and how grateful I am for my mom. So I just wanted to say to all mothers, if you haven’t heard your child say I love you or if you haven’t heard it in a while, just know that we do. We love you for all that you do and all that you are.
We may not be able to hug you or have conversations with you or effectively interact with you, but we love you. We love you more than you understand and more than we understand. We love just being around you even if it’s sitting in silence. We love hearing your voice and seeing you and spending time with you. We love knowing that you love us. We love having a mother and we love having you as our mother. We don’t know what we’d do without you.
Although I mostly write this to mothers of kids with autism, I think it applies to almost everyone that we don’t express our love for our mother as much as we really do love her. I personally have a hard time saying the words “I love you” because they never mean as much coming out of my mouth as they do in my heart. But maybe in writing my words will mean something close to how they feel within me.
I love you mom and I am so grateful you’re my mom.