Have I told you lately that I love you?
You know I did....
You know I did....
And I mean it each and every time.
Dear mom, I am who I am because of your guidance, your care and love. Back in school, when I got home with bad grades, you told me its okay because you know I did my best. That made me strive harder, not because I was forced to, it's because I want to.
When I accepted an award, you don't care whether it's a "Best Scout" or "Best Military Police and First Aider" or "Best Student", you will always be present to accept my medals. When I was asked to join a singing contest, it scares the hell out of me but you bought me a nice dress and said I'll be okay because I have a voice that captures the hearts of many. Mom, I know it's not true but it gave me the confidence I need! You were a hands on mom and right when I was about to open my mouth to sing, I saw you arrive at the balcony and gave me a thumbs up sign! You don't know how much that meant to me.
From singing contests, to my first drama guild directorial job, to a cheering competition, I always see a huge smile from the audience, a huge warm smile from you. You were as excited as I was when my first column from the school paper got printed and you cut it out and kept it in an album.
I've always been a good girl, because I wanted to make you happy. Once, I got home really late, you scolded me and I burst into tears thinking you're being a mean person because I only did it once in my entire life. You hugged me and told me you are not angry but worried. And from then on, we have a very open mother-daughter relationship.
I graduated with honors because I want it to be as a gift for you, not because you forced me to.
The adventurous side of me, wanted to work out of country. You never blinked an eye when you said "Go ahead, follow your dreams", I was only 23 then and you trusted me like I was 40. I told you mom it would only be a year, but it took me 3 years because a year isn't enough to explore and be independent. You never complained. You told me to come back anytime I am ready.
Because of your love, I never doubt that I have you to back me up no matter what my decisions are. You never doubted my decisions and talent. You've always been vocal on how proud you are of me, Yes, I can hear you when you brag about me to neighbors! You've been a strong woman for me and I became who I am because I look up to you and you're my hero.
Mom, when I got married, you burst into tears while I walk down the aisle, you told me it was the exact dress that I wore when you dreamt about me getting married a couple of years ago. That's how close we are mom, you can foresee my future.
Mom, the strong woman that I know, you've gone through really tough time last year. I nearly lost you, but when I held your hand and told you to squeeze my hand to tell me you're in pain, you did....after 3 hours of waiting....
Mom, don't thank me when I do things for you, do not apologize for taking my time, the things I do for you, is NOTHING compared to what you have done for me for the past 30 years. For me, it will always be Mother's Day everyday because you will always be my best friend, my best mom!
Happy Mother's Day to you
I love you and will never leave your side!
To all the mothers out there! I salute you, for the unconditional love you give to your family!
Big hugs to all moms and soon-to-be- moms out there!