Dear Mum, Mumma, Debdeb, Mumma Bear;
I thought because it’s mother’s day and I’m saving money so I can’t buy you nice, lavish gifts like you deserve, I will write you a letter that you can actually keep and something that won’t die (like flowers).
I know I haven’t always been the greatest, most lovable daughter in the world and growing up I may have caused a few of those grey hairs, but I want to sincerely thank you (and Daddio) for never giving up on me.
I know there was a point in time where you were questioning the path(s) that I was on, but because of the way I was raised I have grown into a loving, responsible (most of the time) and dedicated young woman.
I wish to thank you both for the sacrifices you have made in order to make our lives better. I know times weren’t always easy, but you never let that show. I was always provided with an abundance of food, clothes, security, warmth, and most of all, love. It wasn’t until I moved away from home that I realised how fortunate I was growing up and how incredibly lucky I am to have the parents that I do. You have allowed me to live a life that not many children get to experience.
You and Dad have taught me invaluable lessons that I will forever be thankful for. You have taught me that marriage is for life and when things get tough you don’t give up on the people you love. You’ve taught me that it is okay for goals to change or if things don’t work out the way you planned because eventually, they will and everything will be okay.
Not only that, but you have provided me with invaluable support, financially and emotionally, to go after whatever it is I choose; sports, education and lifestyle wise. Even if you do not agree with the decisions I have made you have allowed me to make up my own mind, make my own mistakes and have been a shoulder to cry on when these inevitably happen. For this, words cannot even begin to express how grateful I am.
You have taught me that no matter how badly I screw up, how awful I think things are, or how upset I am, my parents will always be there for me no matter what.
I love your determination and unwavering dedication you put into everything that you do. I love our coffee dates, mumma hugs and how you insist on using emojis in every single message you send, regardless of their relevance.
I love that you are so altruistic in everything you do, always putting us first. Although one thing I wish you knew is this: it’s okay to do things for yourself. Sometimes, you need to be selfish and take time out to do things that YOU want to do. And I genuinely wish you would do this more often because you deserve it.
I wish I was nicer to you both when I was growing up. For that I am forever sorry. I wish I had been more respectful of you both because now I understand you were only looking out for me and had my best interests at heart.
I wish I could take back all of the times I shouted at you and made you cry because it’s only recently that I’ve realised how important family is and how lucky I am for the family you have provided. I’m sorry for fighting with Mikaela when we were younger and putting you through hell, making you want to bang our heads together (I’m really glad you never actually did that). I wish you saw yourself through my eyes.
Thank you for giving me the confidence to believe in myself, love myself and the person that I have become. Thank you for cheering me on and believing in me in whichever endeavour I chose to pursue.
Thank you for being harsh on us when it was needed, you taught me discipline, right from wrong and how to be respectful. Thank you for giving me unconditional love and support. Thank you for being so caring and always being there for me. Thank you for teaching me that family is everything. Thank you for being you.
I am so incredibly appreciative to have you as my mum and best friend. As I get older I begin to realise more and more how much you have both done for us and continue to do every single day. You’re the best mum in the world and are more than I could ever ask for.
Without you, I wouldn’t be half of the person that I am today.
I love you beyond words can express and will forever.
Love you more