A Mother's Day Letter to My Mom

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Dear Mom,

You've been on my mind a lot this week, as you are every year. It's hard to think about you sometimes, but instead of moping and feeling sorry for myself because you aren't here, or dwelling on what you didn't do, I want to thank you for what you did.

Funny how becoming a parent can change your view of things.

Thank you for teaching me the importance of family. Instead of punishing me for slamming my metal Six Million Dollar Man lunch box over that mean kid's head, you praised me for standing up for my sister. (He and his friends never bothered us again, btw.)

Thank you for making my lunch every day for school. Sorry I didn't always eat the fruit, but I still like a pickle and cheddar cheese with lunch.

Thank you for having good taste in music. I still like Otis Redding, Dinah Washington, and The Who. Sorry about The Allmans. I tried.

Thank you for your sense of humor. You made me laugh like nobody else. I wish I could return the favor.

Thank you for changing all those diapers. I was a big baby. That must've been fun. I'm sure I peed on you at some point too. Sorry about that.

Thank you for taking us to Grandma's all the time. We were close, and she helped me after you were gone.

Thank you for not spanking me even when I'm sure you wanted to. I do wish you'd gotten the memo to Grandma, though, because she whipped my tail.

Thanks for telling me the truth about things. I knew Scott Lindsey was wrong about maxi pads. They have nothing to do with muffling farts.

Thank you for taking care of me even when it was hard. I knew you were in pain but had no idea how much.

Thank you for all your affection. I thought of it often.

Thank you for carrying me for nine months and bringing my fat ass into this world.

Thank you for loving me.

I love you. I miss you.




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MomIWant MomIWant

Thank you for making me cry - that was so sweet!

Cafe... Cafe Cynthia

Oh, man, that was beautiful. I have to go call my Mom now.

cafemama cafemama

That was so sweet. Your mom would be proud.

nonmember avatar Carolyn

Awwww geez.  I really like this.

Cafe... Cafe MicheleZ

So beautifully written, Cary. Your mom raised you well. And judging by the photo (and her taste in music), had great style.

nonmember avatar Harmony

Awww Cary...this is beautiful.  Your mom would be proud. 

lovin... lovinangels

oh! once again i'm crying and my kids are looking at me funny

nonmember avatar Elisa

Hey Cary - I lost my mom when I was 13 and I have written countless letters like this.  Now that I have kids I think I miss her even more and not just because she would have been my sitter but because she would have been the most amazing Abuelita who would have rocked the comal with homemade tortillas.  I think what hurts me the most is that my kids will only know her through my memories.  She also would have kicked their asses. 

cbiltz cbiltz

Very moving piece, Cary.  Well done.  What a sweet and touching tribute to your Mom.  This would make any mom proud, I think.  Made me smile.

thebo... theboss1957

I lost my mom too, and I still miss her so much.  I know my mom didn't have it easy trying to raise 5 girls and her husband in the Army and always on manuvers or in Viet Nam.   But I think most of us turned out ok, there's a couple of sister's I'm not sure about (lol),

 I hope my girls remember all those little things that I've tried to do for them.  A mother never really knows if she's raised her kids the right way.  But your mother did and I know she knows it now.  Happy Mother's Day to all of you Mother's. 

 It's hard  some times, you don't know if it's worth all the headache and heart ache you have to go through.   Momma used to say, "When they're little they step on your toes but when they're grown, they step on your heart."

  But then there are those times and they say or do something and  you know, your life would have been alot boring if your child hadn't come along.  You see them grow up into adults and you are so proud of how they turned out.  Yes I am so proud of my girls, but I don't know if I had anything to do with it or my mother.  I miss you Momma.


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