When I was about six years old, my father left us abruptly. As to be expected, that was, and still is, an event that scared me deeply. Today, we are celebrating Mother’s Day and taking the chance to thank our mothers. I feel like I have to thank my mother extra hard because while Father’s Day was always a sad day for me, I didn’t show Mother’s Day the respect it deserved. Well, for once, I want to get it right. This one is for you, Mommy.
I guess what I want to do is apologize. I’m sorry I didn’t treat you with the sensitivity and respect you deserved. Let’s take Father’s Day as an example. As I mentioned, that day always made me sad. My sister and I would skip school and have a day of fun with our mother. Not only did you allow us to miss a school day, but you also put your feelings aside and focused on making us happy. I was so selfish, focused only on my sadness and loss that I failed to see yours. You were always there for us, and for that, I will be forever thankful.
I would also like to apologize for my ungratefulness. When I was younger, all I wanted was for my family to be more like others. I wanted a father and I wanted parents who would be at home when I got back from school or that could drive me around. I was angry at you for working so hard to support us and give us the world, and I resented you for it. I can’t believe I even thought that; I can’t believe how ungrateful I was. As I grew older, I was able to see it. So, on Mother’s Day, and every other day, I want you to know how thankful I am for everything you did for us, for all your hard work. You taught me the value of hard work and fulfillment in it.
There aren’t enough words in the world to describe how much I love and appreciate you. You, single-handedly, gave my sister and me the greatest childhood. You taught me what it means to be a strong, powerful, and independent woman. I wish I could be with you and hug you on this day, but unfortunately, I can’t. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a special Mother’s Day. I love you so much Mommy, thank you for everything!