I always poo-hoo Mother's Day. Why should I need a particular day to tell you how much I love and appreciate you? I should do it all the time - but I don't. And we do need a special day to say: Thank you, I love you, you are wonderful.
This year I feel even closer to you as I can celebrate as a mother too. Although Jack is not quite one, I already have some first hand knowledge of how much goes into raising a child, and you did it three times! Since becoming a high school teacher I am also horrified that I was once a teenage girl and that you had to deal with that - I am sorry and occasionally a little ashamed.
Then as I have gotten older, we have developed such a wonderful friendship that I honestly cannot imagine being without. We can share common interests and you are always there for phone calls at impractical times, usually to reassure me that what I was doing with my baby was actually fine and giving me the confidence to trust my instincts. But perhaps most importantly you are my only mother and you pull me into line when needed and tell me off when I deserve it. No one else can do that and get away with it and I appreciate the lengths you go to even now, to make me a better person.
This year in particular my heart aches for you on Mother's Day having just lost our Nana, your dear mum. I look at the two of you and can't imagine wanting better or stronger role models.
I love you, I appreciate you, you are wonderful.