Dear Mom,

I want to start off by saying that I love you. There are countless reasons why, more than I could ever begin to cover in this letter. I will try to focus on a just a few of the reasons that you are the best mom I could have ever asked for, along with one of my favorite people and best friends.

From day one, you have always been there to support me. You never pressured me to make decisions based on what you wanted, but always encouraged me to do the right thing. When I made those decisions, you supported me, whether you completely agreed with me or not. I will never be able to fully express my gratitude for that. In particular, I want to thank you for making my college decision process so easy. I know that I chose the right school, and it is only because of your support and encouragement that I am here today.

I also want to let you know how much I respect you. You taught me how to stand up for myself and encouraged me to be myself. You helped strengthen my faith – not pushing anything on me, but allowing me to discover things on my own, and come to you with questions. I aspire to be more like you. You are one of my biggest role models.

The love and care that you show to everyone in your life amazes me. You are always there for people who need you, even if they aren’t there for you. This kind of selflessness is something that I hope to show in my own life. There aren’t a whole lot of people like you around, and I can’t believe I am lucky enough to have you as my mom.

So thank you for everything, for all the late nights conversations, tearful phone calls, stories told and wisdom shared. You have made me the person I am today. I love so much.

Kendall

This was in response to the “To My Mom” assignment. There are a lot more things I wish I could have said, but I did the best I could. I guess some things just can’t be expressed with words.