thank you, Mom!

I only started appreciating Mother’s Day when I first left the nest. Up until then it was just another day, except I had to be nice to my mom and make a card. My sister and I even used to joke to each other privately, “when is DAUGHTER’s day?!”Β  But when you grow up your realize that every single day is daughter’s day! Your parents, whether you know it or not, have you at the center of their world. You’re always in their thoughts, you’re always the main focal point. They spend so much time, money, and effort raising you well; teaching you ridiculous things you don’t even realize you once needed to be taught, like how to use a fork or to not run into traffic. Moms, and especially those of daughters, really deserve some recognition. They sacrifice their bodies for nine months, go through an extraordinary amount of pain to bring us into the world, and then they teach us things like self confidence, how to be strong women, to value intelligence, and to be kind. Not to mention the shit they put up with when we go through the bitchy teenager phase. And it just becomes absurd that there’s only one day allotted towards celebrating your mom!

My momma deserves to be celebrated because she challenged me to read 100 books one summer, which fostered my love of reading. For all the times she made me play educational games so that I could learn to like learning. For the times she would stay up so late hand baking treats for my entire class, while other moms would just buy store bought. For the times she let me help her in the kitchen, so I would know how to cook. For all the times she was nice to me after I was horrible to her, and for always loving me regardless. My mom would defend me when kids were mean to me, and always reminded me to “kill them with kindness”.

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Here’s what I sent my mom this Mother’s Day! It all stuff that reminds me of my mom, or represents something I love that I inherited from her. One of my favorite things my mom taught me was the importance of Thank You cards. She would hound my ass about those all of the time, and I never really understood why until recently. Thank you cards, and hand written cards in general, are such a sweet, simple gesture. I’m always so happy she showed me that. My mom also loves pretty prints and paper goods (like me!), so this box just seemed like a cool thing for her to have (plus it matched the cards perfectly!). The notebook is nice, and though it’s hard to see it has “Live Every Moment” on it in foiled gold. I think it will remind my mom of me, and it’s also something that will hopefully feel good for her to write in. The bakers twine and washi tape are to tickle my mom’s crafty fancy! She was always doing fun craft projects with me as a kid, and I know it’s why I love DIY stuff now.

Mom, you’re an amazing woman. Thanks for being my first friend in this world and for loving me even at my most difficult! Your hugs are the bomb, and making you really laugh is one of the best feelings ever. You’re more appreciated than you’ll ever know!

And of course I picked up some things for myself while putting this all together. I mean, I am my mother’s daughter… πŸ˜‰

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Hope all you Mommas were appropriately spoiled!