Dear Mom

With Mother’s Day this weekend…I figured I’d be sentimental and share a virtual letter to my mom and how much she’s meant to me over the years.

Dear Mom,

You are probably the best mother for me and my personality. I was embarrassed by you when I was younger and you were goofy and silly…but now I do that, and I see the wisdom in it, the fun. The fact that it really doesn’t matter what other people say, as long as you’re happy with yourself.

Thank you for starting my travels early, from the Bahamas to London, cruises, Italy, Ireland and Europe; I have been blessed to have parents just as interested in traveling as me – or parents who are willing to humor a curious daughter.

Letting me go to China for a year right after I graduated college was hard – I know, I saw you crying as I left you at the airport checkin line. But it was one of the most valuable experiences I’ve had in my adult life and you knew that it would be.

You’re a grounding force in my life when I freak out about what my life will be a year from now, a decade from now, and you always remind me that life will find a way. You’re one of the smartest people I know, and I will always turn to you when I have questions about life or about whether or not I should throw away the food that has been in my fridge for what I think is too long, but I’m not sure.

I know I don’t live that close to you right now, but you will always be my mother and that will never change, even when you call me by my full name because I’ve done something wrong. I love you, and will always be your daughter.




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