When thinking about their children, nothing makes a mom smile like knowing they did a great job at raising their children. This Mother’s Day let your mom know that she raised a respectful, smart and self-aware little girl who turned into an intelligent and beautiful woman.
Here are ten things that I thank my mom for.
Thank you for always being my number one cheerleader. At times I set out to do things that may not make sense but you always support me the best way that you can.
Thank you for teaching me that I am NOT my hair. I’ve never had super long luxurious hair and thanks to you, I never felt bad about that. Before this whole natural hair movement, you rocked a close fade and at times you added color to match your fearless personality.
Thank you for teaching me to speak your mind. Whether I’m speaking out against injustices for myself or others, you’ve always encouraged me to stand up for what’s right.
Thank you for teaching me the importance of having manners. Growing up, calling you and dad sir and ma’am was the most annoying thing ever but it shaped the way that I speak to people. Saying “yes ma’am” to you forced me to sweeten my tone when speaking to you and that carried into my adult years.
Thank you for teaching me how to walk away from disagreements. I would often hear people get bent out of shape over the silliest things but not you. Growing up, I never saw you break a sweat. You’ve always told me to “consider the source” and I exercise that mindset every chance I get.
Thank you for teaching me the value of great friendships. You’ve always told me that I don’t need too many good friends, just a few great friends. Although I may have more than a few friends, they’re all great and I value each of them for who they are.
Thank you for teaching me that there’s no such thing as bad singing, just different sounds. I wasn’t blessed with a great singing voice but I love to sing nonetheless. As a child, you sang to me even if it sounded terrible and to this day you still sing. Thanks to you, I’ll never stop singing.
Thank you for teaching me the importance of being on time. Being on time shows others that you value their time and that you view them as someone who is important.
Thank you for my cheeks, my breasts and my sense of humor. All of these are things that I didn’t particularly care for as a child but they are all things that I inherited from you. As I get older, I now have a greater appreciation for myself because I am an extension of you.
Thank you for being my friend. When I was a teenager you would often tell me how we aren’t friends. Somewhere during my late 20’s that changed. We can talk about anything, you don’t judge me, you don’t make me feel bad and I can count on you to be honest even if it’s not what I want to hear. That’s what being a friend is all about.