Dear Mom, My Role Model, My Superwoman

 
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Dear Mom,

For all of the sleepless nights I caused you, I’m sorry.

I know I was “that” baby. The one who didn’t sleep and then the toddler who fought bedtime. Thank you for spending all of that quality time with me soothing, loving, and cuddling me when you were so exhausted, and I’m sure, just wanting some time to yourself.

For all the times that I didn’t listen to you, I’m sorry.

You have always been my voice of reason and my safe place. But you have also been my dumping ground for my bad day, my hormones and stress. Thank you for always seeing through my attitude and supporting me through life’s challenges and roadblocks. Thank you for not letting me get away with treating you rudely so that I was able to learn how to be both self aware as well as respectful to others.

For all of those times I rolled my eyes or was offended when people would say how alike we are, I’m sorry.

You see, it wasn’t until I became a mother and gained some perspective, that I realized how huge of a compliment that was. You are honestly superwoman.

Your endless energy and selfless nature is a force to be reckoned with. You are loving, kind and give so much of yourself to everyone else.

I am so honoured to be compared to you and strive to be more like you every day in so many ways.

I’m sorry for the times I whined and complained about not being able to eat fast food.

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The time and thought that you put into making sure that we were fed nutritious, homemade, well-rounded meals was something I never considered growing up. But now that I have my own children, I know that making sure they are being fuelled properly can be overwhelming at times. Some of my favourite smells in this world are related to your baking or cooking. I honestly don’t know how you found the time then, and still do now, and will be forever grateful to have such an amazing start in life.

Thank you for always allowing me to participate in activities.

I can’t even imagine what your schedule would have been like driving me to all of my classes and practices. The sacrifice of your time, money and social life must have been immense. Having the stability and focus of the different sports and dance allowed me to learn perseverance, teamwork, leadership and social skills while also allowing me to avoid having too much free time and getting into trouble. I hope that you see how formative having these opportunities have been in almost every aspect of my life and that you see the value of your many sacrifices.

Thank you for all of your support, while I was growing up, and especially now as a mom.

I feel that the more I navigate motherhood, the more in touch I get with you. And having you there for your words of wisdom, sympathetic knowing looks and unwavering support is such an amazing gift, and one that I don’t take for granted.

For everything that you do for my children, I honestly can’t thank you enough. You invest so much of your time and energy into them. And it shows.

Motherhood is hard! The sacrifice it takes is overwhelming at times. I know that you put so much aside for all of us and I now see us doing the same for our children.

I appreciate your support, your encouragement but most of all growing up with you as my role model.

Sarah xoxo

Sarah Byrne