With Mother’s Day today, I thought it would only be fit to tell you how much you mean to me. Although I’m a college student and you’re nearing 50 years old, you’re still cooler than me, in better shape than me, and, essentially, just a better version of me. When I tell people about our 195-day Snapchat streak, I do it with pride. Not only are you my mom, but you’re my best friend.
Not everyone has the relationship that I have with you with their mother, and I’m so lucky that I can say that I’m close with you. You are supportive, patient, loving, and kind. You provide me with every ounce of care that I need. You never fail to send me the right text message when I’m whining about my grades, you never fail to teach me to stop complaining, and you never fail to show me, that, no matter what a Victoria’s Secret Angel looks like, I am still beautiful in my very own way.
Life hasn’t necessarily been easy for either of us, but growing up with you has made me turn out better. I am stronger because of you. Without you, I would not be strong as I am, I would not be as wise as I am, and I would not know that following my dreams and aspirations is far more important than being successful financially. You have taught me that size and shape do not matter, but that what matters is finding the beauty in oneself. You have taught me that it is OK to feel down sometimes, as long as I can get back up stronger.
Having you as my best friend constantly reminds me that I am so lucky and fortunate to have grown up with such a compassionate mother. You understand me and my past in a way that no one else will ever be able to. You know how to make me feel better — with homemade chocolate chip cookies — and you also know exactly what works for me in terms of basically anything. When I forget, you always remember.
Thank you for driving me back-and-forth and for being the designated driver for my group of friends, even though you’re not invited to any of the parties. Thank you for helping me cure my hangovers and heartbreaks and for helping me study for tests on topics that you don’t have any knowledge of. Thank you for always reminding me dark situations will get brighter. Thank you for driving to pick me up from college, for counting down the days with me, and for cleansing with me. Thank you for not only being my mom but for being my best friend, my sidekick, my shopping buddy, my workout partner and my personal therapist.
Thank you for spending hundreds of dollars on ice cream for me and for never judging me when I regretfully eat a few too many slices of pizza. Thank you for helping me and teaching me to clean up my messes and for always being honest with me, whether it is in the best way or the worst way. Thank you for teaching me that there is no one more important than our dog and that true love doesn’t come easily or often. Thank you for reminding me that no matter what, I am never alone. I’ve always got you, mom.
Thank you for the mac-and-cheese, the Netflix binges and the mother-daughter vacations. Thank you for giving me a life that I love with all of my heart. Thank you for always pushing me and never stopping until you know that I have reached my true potential. Thank you for appreciating me for me and for never putting me down. Thank you for laughing with me and for crying with me, for screaming with me and for running away from reality with me when a break is the only thing that will help us survive.
Not every girl is lucky enough to call her mom her best friend. Some girls fight with their moms regularly and some girls barely talk to their moms at all. Some girls don’t have a mom and some girls have moms that have passed away. So when I say that I am so incredibly fortunate to have a mom like you, I really do mean it. There’s no one else that I’d rather call on my walks back from class, Facetime with during the pregame — even though I’m embarrassed to admit it — and text when there’s friend drama. You’re kind, loving and you provide me with unconditional love. I’m lucky to have you in my life. You have a heart that could love every single human being in this world conditionally, and it is a true blessing that you have chosen instead to love me unconditionally.
I love you, Mom. Thanks for being the best friend a girl could ask for.
Lots of love,
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