Without you, I wouldn't know that stovetop popcorn beats the microwave stuff every time.
Without you, I wouldn't know that hanging your clothes to dry keeps them in WAY better shape.
Without you, I wouldn't know how to bargain shop.
Without you, I wouldn't know that going to Target almost every day is 100% acceptable.
Without you, I wouldn't know what it means to love selflessly and whole-heartedly.
Without you, I wouldn't know that walking really is the best form of exercise.
Without you, I wouldn't know that a human being is capable of drinking a whole pot of coffee in the morning.
Without you, I wouldn't have the strength that you show me every day.
Without you, life has no color.
Because the truth is, life's just black and white without you.
Sometimes it's hard to put in words how thankful and grateful we are to have special people in our lives. I can honestly say that without my mom, I wouldn't be where I am today. My doubt and insecurity... my belief that I'll never quite be good or perfect enough would most definitely overwhelm me. Somehow I convince myself that if I look a certain way or if I can achieve something exceptional at school that I'll be happy. And when I fail to meet my own high expectations (don't we all), I'm convinced that we are striving for something impossible.
My mom turns 'impossible' into unrealistic. She continually shows me that despite how I look or what grades I get, that I am worthy, beautiful and capable of love. She cares for me so deeply, that when I look at her I can't help but think... wow, my kids are truly going to be the luckiest and happiest grandchildren alive. I only hope that I can teach them to love life as much as she's shown me.
She not only shows me the beauty and exciting nature of love, but she convinces me that it's okay to let my heart go. I do tend to hold on pretty tightly and close myself off, but as I start to re-evaluate what I come home to every day... I'm starting to learn that letting myself love should and will be the most important thing in my life.
So to the most incredible mother and woman I've ever known—
I say thank you for making the first 19 years of my life absolutely perfect.
You're my shining star.
You're my role model.
You're the best friend anyone could ask for.
You're the reason I've learned so much.
You're the one who saved me.
Take ten minutes to share with a special woman in your life why you love them so much. They deserve it.