Non-Fiction: A Letter For My Mother

Tuesday, June 03, 2014


A Letter for My Mother

But there’s a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes, the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is your mother’s story because hers is where yours begins.
-Mitch Albom

Dear Mom,

I’m going to be honest with you: there are many things I resent you for; all the things we never say that I wish we would, and all the things we do say that I wish we wouldn’t. But no matter what we leave unspoken (or don’t), I hope you know how much I will always love you. One day, Mom, I want to give you the world because without you mine wouldn’t exist, but for now I can only give you this letter with a list of all the reasons you’re the best. I hope it’s enough to make you smile. 

10 Reasons Patricia Lynn Mathys is The Best Mother Ever

  1. You love me when I’m not very loveable.
For twenty one years, you’ve been losing sleep cleaning up after me, making sure I’m safe, healthy, sane, and happy. You love me even when you’d probably rather punch me. You love me when I’m a total mess. Love is a choice, and you could choose to check out and give up at any time, but you don’t. You love me no matter what, and I’ll always be grateful for that (even when I don’t always show it).


2. You’re the strongest person I know.
If you ever feel guilty for skipping a work out, stop. It’s not true. Your heart is a muscle, and you work yours the hardest every single day. You fight battles on a daily basis, inside your home as much as inside your head. Sometimes, the fight can get to be too much, but I’ve never seen you quit. You may pause for a break now and then, but you’ll always jump right back into the fight. Your strength never wavers, even though it’s constantly tested.

3. You’re the smartest person I know.
You’re my mother, so you like to share your wisdom with me. I’m your child, so I never like to listen. But whether I take your advice or not, I always remember it, and I’ll always know that you were right. And though I may not always admit it, know that I’ll always be thinking how smart you are, and how grateful I am that you know what you’re talking about.

4. Your voice is the sweetest sound I’ve ever heard.
Whether singing, screaming, laughing, or simply talking, there’s no mistaking your voice is absolutely beautiful and the greatest source of comfort for me.

5.  You believe in miracles.
Life is hard, and when life gets to be too hard, it’s all too easy to become cynical. But you don’t fall into that trap. You know that God has a plan for you, and that every setback is another blessing in disguise. You see miracles and hope where most would see discouragement and disaster. And that’s the greatest trait for a mother to have because it gets passed on to us children.

6. You appreciate beauty.
When storm clouds dropped rain outside the safety of our home, you never locked the doors and closed the blinds in fear. Instead, you let us dance in the rain in our underwear because you knew there was beauty in “God’s tears.” Likewise, you appreciate the lyrics to good songs, and you’re not afraid to dance in public when one comes on the radio. You cry at the sad parts in movies, and you get lost in the fictional worlds of books. You know that true beauty is in the way the little things make you feel.

7. You stick up for what you believe in.
Everybody has opinions and is entitled to express them, and often times, the people who hold different opinions will fight you the hardest. Sometimes, it seems the only way to end the fight is to agree with the opposition, but you’re not a quitter. When you truly believe in something, the only agreeing you’ll do is agreeing to disagree. And that takes guts.

8. You know how to choose your battles.
Remember when I used to refuse to wear shoes to sunday school because “Jesus never wore any shoes”? You could have forced me into shoes, fighting a hard battle of power, but instead you saw my defiance for what it was: a phase. You know that winning temporary battles isn’t worth the damage to our relationship. Sure, there are some moments you fight battles you probably shouldn’t, but most of the time, you know when to fight and when to let a phase run it’s course.

9. You’re not perfect, and you don’t try to be.
You’re human. You make mistakes. You have many imperfections. But instead of hiding your imperfections and striving for an ideal of perfection that can never be attained, you embrace and accept your humanity and who you are. 

10. But you’re still perfect to me.
You can’t ever be replaced, and I wouldn’t want to if I could. We all have things we need to work on, but that’s why we’re here. To grow. And I couldn’t ask for a more perfect person to grow with.


 My story starts with you, and I will always do my best to live a story that makes you smile. I love you, Mom. Forever and always, you’re the best mother ever.

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