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3 Things I Want My Mom to Know

3 Things I Want My Mom to Know

 
By:  Amazing Nation Guest Writer May 4, 2021
#AmazingNation, #Courage, #Encouragement, #love, #Strength

Dear Mom,

Being your daughter is part of who I am and that will never change. Sometimes I love hearing “you’re just like your mom” and sometimes I don’t like it. And that’s okay. You are part of me, whether I’m 5, 25, or 85. You are part of me and I am part of you. 

So as I grow older, remember that I’m learning to be your daughter at this new age, just like you’re learning how to parent me at my age.

 

Here’s three things I want you to know in the midst of it all:

1. I SEE YOU.

I see you, Mom. Please don’t think that I don’t.

I remember being around 10 years old and you received the news that one of your dearest friends passed away. You told me, sat with me as I cried, but then went upstairs by yourself and cried. Behind the shut door, I sat in the hallway and cried with you. I saw you mom. In that moment, I saw your sensitivity for the first time. I think that you spent most of your time parenting me, striving to be the strong one for all of us. However, it was in that moment that I saw your strength the most. You are sensitive and strong.

As the years went by, I became a temperamental teenager. When I sassed you, I saw that it hurt you. When I was disobedient, I saw that it hurt you. I was a self-focused teenager so I didn’t acknowledge that I saw you, but I did see you.

Now that all of your kids are out of the house, I want you to know that I see you still. I don’t always tell you that I see you, but I know that it’s not easy being “alone” for the first time. I just hope that even when I don’t say it, you still know that I see you.


2. YOU DID YOUR BEST

I believe that you’re doing your best I want you to know that I really believe that you did your best raising me. I know that it wasn’t easy for you. I know that there were sleepless nights. I know that you didn’t feel loved at times. I know that you had so much pressure on you. I know that there was a lot going on back then, and trust me when I say, you did your best mom.

 

As a kid, I naively expected adults to be perfect – I didn’t think they had problems of their own. One of the greatest gifts that I have received in my adult life is realizing how hard it is to be an adult sometimes. This means when you were 24 years old having kids, it was hard on you too. I don’t even have kids, and sometimes life is hard! Adults have way more challenges than children. Mom, there’s been a couple of times where you’ve let it slip that you believe you “failed” as a mother. You didn’t fail. You did your best with the resources that you had. I’m so confident of that and I wish that you would be confident of that too. Don’t be so hard on yourself.

 

3. I'LL ALWAYS BE YOUR LITTLE GIRL

 I may be 24 years old, but my heart is still 17, 12, and 5 at the same time. I’ll always be your little girl. For a long part of my short life, we were closer than ever. I drove with you to school every day, I was your sidekick at my sibling’s sporting events, and I was your dancing partner when we heard live music in the streets. Somewhere along the way, I changed a bit. I stopped being your sidekick.

I stopped for a few reasons, most of them without any real consciousness, but when I look back, I realize I had to grow on my own. Being a daughter is different at every age, just like parenting your children is different at every age. If I’m honest, there were times that I struggled with you. Like most teenage girls, being “like your mom” is terrifying, so I isolated from you, stopped sharing things with you, and did all I could to “be me”.

The truth is, even though I distanced myself as I got older, I’m still your little girl, just like you are to your mother. When you tell stories about your late mother, you smile in a way that is reserved only for reminiscing about her because you are always going to be her little girl. That’s the same case with me. There may be 7 states between us on a daily basis, but that doesn’t change the fact that there is a way that I smile that is reserved only for you. I’ll always be your little girl.

It’s safe to say that I couldn’t have made it through life without you. You are part of me and I am part of you. Life is ever-changing and people are always growing. I just hope that you know that I see you, I really believe in you, and I will always be your little girl.

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About the Author Amazing Nation Guest WriterAmazing Nation Guest Writers have submitted their blogs to us in hopes of encouraging others who may have had similar life experiences. They want to share hope and wisdom with every person who read their blogs.  


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