Mother’s Day Letters: Cassie’s Mama

Dear Mom,

I think you know how much I love you; I hope you know. But I also know that you’re a sucker for sappy letters and since it’s Mother’s Day, I’ll give in (just this one time) and let you know in writing how I feel about you. (Don’t worry, it’s mostly good.)

Not only are you my mother, but you’re also my best friend. That was true when I was five and you were my whole world, when I was 13 and starting at a new school knowing no one, and when I was 22 and you stood up as my Matron of Honor at my wedding. I hope I can have as good a relationship with my daughter when she is grown as we have with each other now.

You always see the best in me even when I don’t deserve it. I know that in your eyes, I’m the best at everything I do. I also know it’s not always 100% true, but it’s great knowing that there is always someone behind me and supporting me and believing in me.

It means so much to me that you respect and support my choices, even if you don’t like them— like my moving to the other side of the world… twice. It means so much to me that you love and accept my husband and I know you’d do anything for him in the same way you’d do anything for me.

Now that I have my own children, I realize what a difficult job motherhood is. I realize the sacrifices you’ve made in your life, the strength you have as a woman and a mother and the things you’ve dealt with along the way.

I absolutely adore the relationship you have with my kids. I love that you find time to Skype with C every single day. She loves you so much and talks to us about you every day, even though you literally live on the other side of the world. I love that you’ll get up at the crack of dawn because my one year old wants to Skype with you… for approximately three minutes. I love that you do everything in your power to make her smile and laugh.

I think it’s safe to say you’re not a conventional mom. You never taught me how to cook (well, maybe you showed me how to use the toaster, or prepare my own bowl of cereal), you never showed me how to curl my hair (I still blame you for my poor curling skills to this day), you never showed me how to sew or iron and you certainly never taught me how to clean windows (my mother-in-law hates you for that).

But you taught me how to be compassionate, respectful, honest, loving and, through example, you taught me how to eventually be a loving wife and a good mother. You taught me to always see people’s good side. You taught me to laugh. (You also literally taught my daughter to laugh… and your dog to growl…. but that’s a different story.) You taught me that it’s OK to make mistakes and it’s OK to not be perfect all the time. You taught me to try new things. You taught me that it’s OK to break the rules and have a little fun sometimes too.

You also taught me about how time spent together as family is so valuable. You’ve shown me the importance of sticking together with family (no matter how crazy they are).

You also taught me about unconditional love — I know that no matter what I’ve ever done or could ever do, I can still count on you to be there for me.

So, thank you.

Thank you for letting me be myself, letting me express myself and even encouraging me to do so. Thank you for celebrating with me my accomplishments (and never missing one of them) and supporting me through the less-than-great times as well.

Thank you for showing me the woman, mother and wife I want to be. (My kids and husband thank you too.)

We don’t always agree and we argue a lot, like mothers and daughters do, and I also thank you for showing me that I’m not always right. (Wait, what?! You’ll probably never hear that from me again…)

Thank you for everything you’ve ever done for me and for my family. And thank you for the things you continue to do every day for us. Thanks for the hundreds of phone calls and thanks for dropping everything and traveling to Germany to help me when I was feeling overwhelmed.

Thanks for being an unwavering presence in my life and my family’s life. Thank you for setting the example for me to be dedicated to everything I do. Thanks for always supporting me, and loving me. Thanks for being so beautiful and smart. Thank you for everything. I don’t know what I’d do without you.

Love, Cassie

Need more warm fuzzies?
Check out more letters to mom:

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One Response to Mother’s Day Letters: Cassie’s Mama

  1. I feel compelled to say that I feel so blessed, even more so after reading the letter from Cassie to her Mom. That’s My Daughter! I’m so proud.

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