My Perfect Fan

Dear Mom,

There are no words to quite describe how much you mean to me. For the past 23 years, you have dedicated every minute of your life to taking care of me, and I can’t express enough how much I love, appreciate, respect, and honor you. 

Your love is unconditional, and from day one you have always been my biggest fan, supporter, cheerleader, and inspiration. You are always by my side whenever I need a friend, a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on, a shot of confidence, advice and strength, or even a simple laugh. 

I’m so honored to say you are MY mom. Some people might call us Dorothy and Sophia, “Me and mini me”, and I couldn’t be more proud of that fact. You and I have a special bond that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. What other mother and daughter duo could go to concerts together,  go driving around for an hour talking, and singing, and who else could quote “The Golden Girls” with me? Those are by my favorite moments with you. 

I could go on and on about what a strong, kind-hearted, admirable, inspirational, woman that you are. But, you know that already. Instead, I want to take this time on your special birthday to simply say thank you. 

Thank you, mom for giving me life, but most importantly, for making it terrific. You have sacrificed so much for me, and there is no way I could ever repay you, but I will always try. 

Thank you, for not only being my mother, but my absolute best friend. Some say that you can’t be friends with your child, but you showed me that IS possible. You are the one person I always confide in, always trust, and that will never change. 

Thank you, for teaching me how to grow, how to love,  and showing me time and time again, that you will always be there for me. I hope to experience that with my children someday. Thank you, for giving me so much. Not only have you given me your hand when I was young, but now, you’ve given me your heart, your confidence, your trust, and your respect. Those are the greatest gifts that I will always treasure from you. 

Thank you, for your patience and support, especially when it comes to my anxiety. I know it’s hard to see. I know it’s hard to handle. And, if I could, I would take the stress of having GAD away from you because you don’t deserve that. But, through it all, you have been my guiding light. Always having my back, always comforting me, always shining the positive in my direction. 

Thank you, for praying with me. It is such a privilege to read our devotionals, to listen to and sing our favorite spiritual songs with you. You bring tears to my eyes when you sing “How Great Thou Art”, and I will forever love hearing your powerful voice sing that. 

Mom, you are my perfect fan, and I will always love and be there for you. If you need me, I’ll be right there.  Happy 50th Birthday to you: my mother, friend, role model, and sister. You deserve the world and I will never stop trying to make sure that you get that. 

I love you,

Your baby girl.