Dear Mama (though I call mine M-o-m, Mom,)
You taught us many important life lessons growing up. You taught us that it is important to be a good person. We learned that volunteering is helpful and appreciated. Helping those who are less fortunate is important and you should do so.
You also taught me that working hard is important and there are times that you can only rely on yourself so it is important to be independent. You taught me that life and the treatment of women isn’t often fair but that if you work hard you can achieve anything you put your mind to and are willing to put the plain ol’ hard work into.
You helped me to learn that you should say sorry when you make mistakes and that you should be sorry in the first place. You taught me that respect is not a thug-life sort of respect but instead is a kindness and consideration that you should treat all people with.
I didn’t always appreciate the lessons that you were trying to teach us. Now that I am grown and I see many that are not growing up with some of these lessons, I appreciate them much more.
When I feel discouraged now, I remember how you used to tell us often “someday”.
There are things that I could choose to dwell on, that something didn’t meet my expectations (and sometimes that is because my expectations were simply too high, or had too tight of a deadline in my mind). But I work instead to focus on “someday”. Someday everything will fall into place, someday WILL come with hope and hard work.
I am thankful that although you moved away from the church yourself, you made sure that God and the church remained with my sister and I. The teachings and lessons learned there have helped to shape my character, faith, and resilience.
As mother’s day approaches and we reflect on our mothers, these are some of the things that I am thankful for.
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