Today, I'd like to share a note to my mother:
I was your first baby. You and I were bonded right away. You used to rock me to sleep and make me feel safe and loved. As I got older, I always deferred to you. If a babysitter (or Dad) wasn't doing something right, you're who I went to. As I got even a little older, I would love when people said I looked like you. I used to get so excited if we were dressed alike, because then we were twins! Sometimes, as the years went on, I may have thought you liked Josh better than me, but that was just my childhood insecurities, because I always wanted to know I had a special place in your heart. Eventually I began to rebel-to want to do the exact opposite of what you said. But it was just me trying to become independent, and you raised me so that I knew I could (even if I did depend on you a little too strongly at other times). I always took pride in how often you were around and participated in everything we did-school, scouts, etc. I loved that everyone knew who my mom was, and I loved getting to spend time with you. When those ugly early teen years rose, and we fought more-it was because I knew no matter what I said or did, or how often we fought, you'd always love me, unconditionally. And I never stopped wanting to talk to you, to tell you about my day, or whatever was on my mind. You always encouraged (or at least put up with) communicating, and all those "debates", etc. have helped form me into a more intelligent, and empathetic person. When I had hit the latter part of my teen years, you became my very best friend--but still a mom, because you and I both knew it was more important that you be my mother, something that some people do not realize. You did an amazing job raising me, and I grew to know that more and more as I grew older. It was one of the hardest things I had to do to move away from you, and have to rely on myself for the first time. But I did it. Others doubted me, but you believed in my dreams and in my ability to take care of myself when the time would come that I would need to, and I have. You're still always there for support and help when I need it, but, thanks to you, I can now stand on my own two feet (even though it is always so hard to be away from you on days like today, and I wish I could be with you to celebrate and spoil you!) You have made me what I am, and have always been the most loving and best mom I could have asked for. I'm so lucky to have you. I love you forever and ever, and want you to know how grateful I am for everything.
Your Daughter, Kayle
Happy Mother's Day everyone, I hope your day is full of love!