Now that I’m older, I definitely appreciate you a lot more than I did as a kid. I appreciate the little things, from the random text messages to constantly tagging me on Facebook in your “funny” photos and sending me pins of stuff I like on Pinterest. Now that I’m older, I can look back and realize that everything I am is all because of you. You’ve made me strong but realize it’s okay to cry. You’ve shown me how a mother gives everything to her children to give them a better life than she had, even when she’s left with nothing. And, most importantly you’ve taught me to never give up, and without this, I would not be where I am today.
Now that I’m older, I don’t get to see you as much. But not seeing you as much just makes the times I do get to see you the absolute best, and I look forward to it every time. Now that I’m older, I’m not going to live at home. But, I promise to always come back because I know the door is always open. Your house is always going to be my home, and no other place is going to be the same.
Now that I’m older, I realize how much I miss you taking care of me. I miss you making me dinner, making sure I was doing well in school and taking me to endless appointments. I miss you waking me up for school and then waking me up again because I didn’t listen the first time.
But, Mom, now that I’m older, I can see all that you’ve done for me. I can look back and see how big of a brat I was but you still loved me (and let me live) anyways. I can understand why you did certain things and frankly, you’re one bada** of a woman.
To have you as my mom and my best friend has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. So, Mom, now that I’m older, thank you, for everything.
**This article originally appeared on The Odyssey