Hey Mom, I’ll be 30 next summer. Can you believe that? I remember you when you were younger than I am now. If I could live this life a thousand times over with you, I would. I remember when you dropped me off on my first day of kindergarten. You were worried I’d be upset, but I wasn’t.
Remember when you told me you were pregnant with Tay? I do. You sat on Dads lap on the chair in the corner of the living room and said “Stephy, we want to tell you something.”
Remember the day you had Tay? I do. I picked out my favorite Lion King outfit and sat by Grandpa in the waiting room. When I held her for the first time, I noticed her perfect little fingernails, I still remember her face. She still has perfect nails.
Remember when you turned our pantry into your office after Tay was born? Mom, I didn’t know you were doing that for us. Thank you.
Remember all the hours we spent in the car together going to volleyball practices and tournaments? You never missed one. I had no idea how much you had on your plate. On the really late nights, we would stop at Steak ‘n Shake. Remember?
Remember when you coached my cheerleading squad? I hated cheerleading, but all my friends were doing it and they needed someone to coach. Thank you, Mom.
Remember when I snuck out of the house freshman year and you didn’t believe it when another parent told you? You defended me. I’m so sorry, mom.
The next six years….how much I let you down. I’d stay out all night and you had no idea where I was. I’m so sorry mom.
The times I needed a ride from far away in the middle of the night. So many times. You always came. I’m so sorry, and thank you mom.
When I told you I was pregnant and thought you’d be mad, remember? You already had a box of baby toys in the storage room for when the time came.
When I had the baby and didn’t bring any clothes to the hospital. You went to the store and bought me gray pajamas and a nursing bra. I had to leave him in the NICU to go back to school. You stayed, remember?
When he came home, and I was scared to leave him with a babysitter while I was at school, you’d go into work on evenings and weekends so you could watch him for me during the day, remember? The blue and brown polka dot blanket in your pack n play. Even now, when I need you, you work nights and weekends to be there for me.
Remember when we dropped little John off at your house at 3am on May 22nd in 2013? We went and had Vivi, You sent me pictures of John playing outside in his cardinals jacket. later – you and Dad brought him to meet his sister.
Remember when I had Hank? I was struggling. I would call you and say “Hi Mom,” my voice breaking. You’d say, “I’ll be right there.”
Thank you Mom. I’m so glad, that you’re my Mom. You don’t ask for anything, and you don’t need anything. But if you ever do, I’ll be there.