Dear Mama,

Updated: Mar 3, 2018

February 10, 2018

Dear Mama,

I am not sure you realize how strong, resilient, kind and generous you are. You have been sacrificing for your family even before I was born. I remember you telling me stories of having to sell goods at school for money after grandpa died when you were 13. You worked hard to help your mother and many brothers and sisters. You have continued to use that work ethic in all you do now. Whether it is being the primary care giver to our family or assisting with tasks your church family requests, you are always there and can always be relied upon.

You are kind. I have never met someone who shows genuine kindness to people like you do. People may think kindness has been a part of your job as a nurse but I know that not all are as kind and patient as you. You sit with your patients, talk to them, pray for them if they ask and you do everything in your power to show them humanity and respect. Even though your journey as a nurse is coming to its end I know the part of you that treated patients like family will never die.

You are strong and resilient. I have put you through a lot in the past 10 years. Having a daughter with mental health issues is not easy. Having a daughter who had an addiction problem combined with her mental health was even tougher. I put you through hell but through all that you stayed strong and stood by my side even when I thought things were hopeless. Your unwavering faith in God and your belief in my abilities gave me the strength to persevere and not let my limitations hold me back. I value and respect how you put things in God’s hands and have faith that all will be well. You taught me lessons about trust and faith that I carry with me today.

You are tenacious. You never give up, you never back down and you stand in the light of your convictions. You are a force in very tiny package. You are my mom who supports me no matter what. You are my rock, my shoulder to cry on and my listening ear when everything around me is spiraling out of control.

You may be quiet, you may be humble but you are definitely fierce and I want you to always remember that.

Love you a universe x O


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