You knew me when I relied on you the most. You gave everything you had to me. You gave up your sleep. You gave up late nights with your friends. You gave it all so that I could have all of you. And, mama, I would not be the same without you there.
You hugged me when I fell and kissed my boo boos when it hurt. You reminded me how special I was and how I could take on the world. You read me stories and sang me to sleep. You rocked me back to sleep when I was scared of the world. You told me that I had nothing to be scared of because you were my Mama. And because you were my Mama, you wouldn’t let anything happen to me. And you were right. I felt so safe when I was in your arms. I knew nothing would happen to me.
Mama, when my heart was broken, you sat in my room with me and hugged me tight. You let me cry it all out, and then you wiped away the tears and promised everything would be ok. And you were right. Everything was ok. You listened to me when no one else would. You were my safe place. You cried with me when it felt like the whole world was falling a part and you laughed with me when everything was great. Mama, I knew you were always on my side no matter what.
You loved me even when I didn’t want anything to do with you. You loved me even when I yelled at you and said the opposite. You loved even when it was hard. Even when you wanted to give up on me, you loved me. And, mama, there were hard days. There were days and nights when all I wanted was to be away from you. There were times I screamed because I thought you were being so unfair. But, you never gave up on me. You still came through the door I slammed in your face to tell me that you loved me. You walked in when it was hard. When my glares told you I didn’t want anything to do with you. You still came. You still gave me everything you had. And, mama, I’m thankful you didn’t give up on me.
Mama, the years have been tough, but I’m glad you’re my mama. Because I couldn’t imagine you not being there. Through all the late nights sick and hurting, you were there. You wiped all of my tears and hugged me when I came unraveled. You knew I could do it. You knew things I didn’t. You knew everything would be ok. And, it always was. Because you were there. So, thanks for being there Mama. Thanks for never giving up on me. Thanks for being a mama that pursues. Thanks for being a mama that wipes away tears and sings me to sleep when I can’t. I love you mama, forever.