Dearest Mother

How does one express their sentiments to their mother. Yes you can talk to them, but sometimes you want something a little more extra just so that they can see how you truly feel about hem. To express my love and appreciation to my mother I could call her and tell her but I want to do it in a way that she wouldn’t expect. This time i’m going to write her a letter as follows:

Dear Mommy,

I want to take this time to tell you how much I appreciate you and I love you. From the beginning, you were always there for me. Whenever I was sad, hurt, or sick, you were there to help me feel better. Sometimes when I am down, your words of encouragement and warm hugs help to lift me up. Thank you for being a listening ear and a shoulder me to cry on. When I’m having a rough day or just need someone to talk to, 9 times out of 10 I can come to you and you put your troubles to the side listen to me. When I’m angry or want to be petty, you generally encourage me to be the bigger person and do the right thing. When telling me how to handle a certain situation, you encourage me to do what’s right but you also make sure that I speak up don’t let others take advantage of me. You have a great sense of judgement. There were times growing up where I had trouble with friends and was upset when I felt as though they didn’t treat me or care for me the way I did for them.  While letting me express how I was feeling, you listened to me and then told me “these girls are not your true friends and they won’t matter in the future”. You told me “it’s ok to be cool with other people but while being cool with them I don’t have to change who I am and I shouldn’t confide in everyone”. You were absolutely right and even though I didn’t always want to listen to you and I wanted to do my own thing, I realized that you knew what you were talking about. I look back and laugh at all those times when me and Tarone’ would ask you a simple question or make a statement and you would turn it into a long lecture and somehow bring it back to the bible. From time to time you still do this and it can be annoying at some points but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I can be going about my day and one of your little “lectures” or sermons will replay in my head and I will understand what you were saying and see how I can apply it my what I’m experiencing. Thank you for your many prayers over me, our family, and my friends. I love you very much and hope that when I have a daughter, she and I will have a close bound like you and I have. There is so much more that I can continue to thank you for but that would make this a never ending letter. I appreciate everything that you have done for me and all that you will continue to do for me.

Love always and forever more,

-Tyra B.

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