This week I’ve been thinking a lot about where I come from.
I used to think I never wanted to leave home. But here I am, almost all grown
up and on my own for the first time, and I am reflecting on the foundation you
and Dad laid for me during the first years of my life.
I was your first
baby, and no one gave you the manual on how to be the best parent. I wasn’t the
easiest child to raise, and I know you did the very best you could. You made
mistakes, made up your own rules along the way, made memories that have lasted
me a life time. Like they say there isn’t one way to be the best parent, but
there are a hundred ways to be a good one.
People here have been
pointing out things about me, and sometimes all I can think is Yeah, I got that from my mom. My smile,
the way I care so deeply about people, the way I’m honest. I am the person I am
today because of how you and Dad raised me.
I know I don’t always
appreciate you enough, probably because I’m growing up and like to think I know
everything. But the truth is I don’t know anything. As much as I like to think
I can figure everything out on my own, I still need you sometimes. And
sometimes I can figure things out on my own, because you taught me to be
independent, to be smart and make good choices.
I am so grateful for
all you’ve shown me, for all you’ve taught me. And as I walk through my life I
want to always remember and appreciate the fact that I am who I am because of
I love you, Mom
From your daughter