It might go something like this….
Thank you, Mommy, for holding me close to your heart for 9 months, for eating the right foods and passing up all of the ‘bad’ stuff you love. Thank you for turning over everytime I kicked…I sure was a bit cramped. (but definitely cuddled) Thank you for temporarily giving up your body so I could have mine.
Thank you for waiting months or years to adopt me. Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for laboring for hours and giving me life. Thank you for being the first person to hold me, smile at me and hug me. I recognized you right away. You made me feel welcome.
Thank you for getting up in the middle of the night to feed me. Thank you for getting up ‘just to check on me’ even when you thought I was sleeping. (I felt your presence and knew I was safe). Thank you for teaching me to smile. I understood how to do it by watching you. Thank you for helping me to crawl and to walk. Thank you for holding me while I was sick. I know you probably wanted to shower after I threw up on you….but you made me feel like there was no where else on earth you would rather be. It is in your arms that I feel best.
Thank you for tucking me into bed at night. Thank you for reading Good Night Moon to me every night for 6 months. Thank you for singing ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ from November until June because it made me happy. Thank you for hugging me and tickling me and reminding me how much I am loved. Thank you for staying home with me. Thank you for working outside our home to take care of our family. Thank you for mastering the Diaper Genie….I know you didn’t learn that in school, but it sure keeps my room smelling clean. Thank you for making sure I always have my blanket or favorite stuffed animal. They remind me of you…that is why they are so important to me.
Thank you for coloring and painting and play-dohing. Thank you for letting me help you cook dinner even though it takes twice as long when I do. Thank you taking a bean bag to the face when I was learning to throw. Thank you for watching Dora the Explorer with me until your dreams began to happen in Spanish. Thank you for using your imagination to join me in my castle, my garden, my ball field. My imaginary worlds wouldn’t be the same without you.
Thank you for letting me lick the batters when you make cupcakes. Thank you for making peanut butter and jelly again since you know I don’t like to eat much. Thank you for running to me when I have a bad dream. You’re in my room before I even finish calling your name. Thank you for whispering, “Mommy loves you” every night when you thought I was asleep. Thank you for potty-training me – I know I made it very hard on you. Thank you for giving me a brother or sister. I love having a built-in playmate and I love knowing you have room in your heart for both of us.
Thank you for holding my hand, for carrying me on your back when I’m tired and for always finding room in your lap to hold me. Thank you for recognizing when I don’t feel well…before anyone else has a clue…and for keeping the magic in your kisses; they always make me feel better.
Thank you for being strong enough to let me try something new and smart enough to know when to say ‘no’ to me….even when I really want you to say ‘yes’.
Thank you for loving me. Thank you for being the first and best teacher I will ever have. Thank you for being a shining example of what Motherhood really means.
Happy Mother’s Day.