Sunday, 3 April 2011

Dear Mum...

Dear Mum,
Having a mother like you has been the greatest gift and biggest advantage anyone could ever have given me. It is because of the confidence and values that you have instilled in Nicola, Rach, Phil and I that makes us who we are today. Thank you for shaping me into a person who I like and am proud to be. Thank you letting us believe that we can be whoever we want to be, do whatever we want to do, there are no limitations except our drive, ambition and creativity. It goes without saying your are my favourite person! I have the longest list of thank you's to you. 
Thank you for giving up your job when I was 6 months old. I was so poorly and in/out of hospital that holding down a job for you as well was hard. Thank you for all the days and nights you were at my bedside. You never left me and I know you never will.
Me and my Mum at 6 months before I became ill with a massive bowel infection due to undiagnosed lactose intolerance.
I remember when I was 5 and Rachael and I came down with food poisoning whilst on holiday in Spain. You slept in a chair and stayed at the (un air conditioned) hospital in 40 degree weather for 5 days straight. Thank you for staying with us and missing out on your holiday also.
Thank for being at our sports days, swimming galas, parents evenings and dance lessons. It is memories like these that make up my childhood and I remember you in all of them. Thank you for showing you cared and wanted to be there!
Thank you for being our voice and sticking up for us. I remember when Granddad passed away Gran did not want us at the funeral because she thought we were too young. Thank you for letting us be there despite family protests. Mum, thank you so much for letting me say goodbye to one of my heroes. It will always mean the world to me.
Thank you for your complete patience with me as a teenager. I know my attitude stunk most of the time and I was hard to deal with when life was "so unfair!" all the time. It wasn't. I just liked to exaggerate a little that's all :)
Thank you for understanding me when it felt like no-one else did. I remember when I developed OCD at 16 due to sheer fear of vomiting. Instead of asking me "why?" I was acting like a freak (as most people did) washing my hands consistently, switching off the lights repeatedly and making everything look neat and tidy. You just sat there when I broke down in tears and said "we'll get through this don't worry." Just simply thank you for helping me in my dark times.
Thank you for always having belief in me. There were so many times during my nurse training I wanted to give up. You were my gentle persuasion to just keep ploughing through. Do you remember that call I made you last year when I squealed that I was officially qualified as a NURSE?! I kept repeating "can you believe I did it" and you simply said "I can and I always did Rebecca." It made every sleepless night and tear shed worth it to hear you say that. Thank you :)
Oh and thanks for reading my 14,000 worded dissertation and finding any spelling mistakes etc. Your're a saint for doing that!
Most of all thank you for being proud of us!!! You have always said the hardest thing about raising 4 kids is trying to bring them up as 4 individuals. I think it is safe to say you have 4 kids that are very different and all love you for very different reasons. But Nicola, Rachael, Philip and I all agree on one thing. We think your the best. We think your wonderful and we think you deserve so much more. You have put up with a lot and we know we have not always been easy. But your our Mum and we think your invincible so please stay that way hehe. 
Thank you thank you thank you. For a million things, for everything. I don’t know what I would do without you. There are so many many more things, small things, big things.
I love you very very much, if I could be half as good a mother to my children as you are to your children. I will have done exceptionally well. Thank you Mum! I love you, more than words can ever express.
Today we are celebrating Mother's Day!!!
 Happy Mothers Day from these fine specimens you gave birth to!!!


ktjane said...

What a lovely tribute! Our Mother's Day is the second weekend in May.

Kristen said...

you have a beautiful way with words.

Callie Nicole said...

What a sweet post! Your mom sounds like an amazing lady.

Steph{anie} said...

Melt my heart! I love how much you care for your mom :)

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