Mothers Day: 50 Reasons to Say Thank You

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A Mother's Day Tribute that will make you laugh and cry, and appreciate your mom even more! Showcasing 50 reasons to remember to say Thank you, Mom.

On the second Sunday in May, it will be Mother's Day...a day for Sunday brunch and gifts...a day that accounts for 25% of all holiday flower sales, a day to reminisce...a day to say thank you. Young mothers, old mothers, or somewhere in between; sisters, daughters, aunts and friends who are mothers -- all these have contributed their time, patience, intellect, love, talents,energy, patience (oh, that was already mentioned) to their family's well-being and rearing.

There is much to be thankful for and much to be remembered. As part of your Mother's Day celebration, consider sharing all of the many reasons why you are grateful for her. Don't keep it a secret! Let her know why you love and appreciate all the extraordinary things you admire in her, whether it is your own mother, or someone else's. Here is a list of 50 reasons to say "Thank you, mom" (this is just to get you started...please feel free to add your own tribute at the end.)

1. She carried you around for nine months...and then a few more.

2. You usurped calcium and vitamins from her body.

3. You gave her stretch marks where she would rather not have stretch marks.

4. She was careful to eat nutritiously and give up a few sinful pleasures to ensure you would grow healthy.

5. She endured hours, and maybe even days, of pain to give you your first breath.

6. You gave her the biggest smile she had ever known when you were first placed in her arms.

7. You gave her the first scare of her life when you had your first bout of colic and cried for hours.

8. You gave her the greatest relief of her life (up to that point) when you actually slept for hours.

9. Diapers. (Nothing more needs to be said).

10.Washing bottles, clothes, bottles, clothes, bottles, clothes, bottles, clothes....

11. Burping, barfing....washing clothes....

12. She worried, and encouraged you, at every milestone...rolling over, sitting up, crawling, walking, talking....

13. She kept you from damaging yourself while taking your first steps.

14. She played your "dropsy" game a million times while you sat in the highchair and giggled.

15. She sang lullabies and read countless bedtime stories through bleary eyes.

16. She taught you...how to hold a spoon and feed yourself, how to use a potty (oh, happy day!), how to get dressed and tie your shoes....

17. You taught her...patience, perseverance, practicality, more patience.

18. She helped you develop responsibility early in life by giving you small chores to do...even though it would have been much quicker just to do it herself.

19. She cooked approximately 19,656 meals for you until you were 18.

20. She took the time in her busy day to listen to you, instead of saying "not now".

21. She built an impromptu tent with chairs and a blanket in the living room so you could go camping in December (and maybe even roasted marshmallows on a fork, over the kitchen stove).

22. She hosted an impromptu birthday party for you when the entire grade one class showed up on the doorstep after school...because you invited them.

23.She endured the awful mess of making, with your "help", a papier mâché globe of the world, so you could have the best social studies project.

24. When she needed to say "no" to you, it really meant "I love you...one day you'll understand".

25. The curfews and rules she enforced also meant "I love you...one day you'll understand, and maybe even be grateful".

26. She must have been a magician, for she could turn "there's nothing in the fridge to eat" into "wow, that was delicious!".

27. She probably is a saint, because you're still alive...she didn't wring your neck even though you probably deserved it at times.

28. She was your chauffeur...

29. ...your event planner...

30. ...your English tutor...

31. ...your protector...

32. ...your motivator...

33. ...your counsellor...

34. ...your problem solver...

35. ...your broken heart mender...

36. ...your broken arm sympathizer...

37. ...your voice of reason...

38....your conscience when tempted...

39. ...your greatest supporter of wacky ideas...

40. ...and your biggest fan.

And now that you're an adult, possibly with children of your own, you are even more acutely aware of the sacrifices your mother has made throughout her life. A mother is so often the glue that holds us all together, and continues to be that loving presence, even in absence, that makes everything okay. Here are the final ten reasons to say Thank you...I admire you...I love you, Mom...

41. You live what you teach.

42. You have worked harder than any other person I know.

43. You've taught that having compassion and integrity is of greater value than being right.

44. You've somehow kept your sense of humour, which brightens everyone's day.

45. You taught the importance of being personally accountable.

46. Your example of persistence and strength during personal trial is inspiring.

47. Your great capacity to give love, without condition of it ever being returned, is an example to all.

48. You have always been kind in your words and your actions.

49. You are the living definition of grace and beauty.

50. You gave me life, and you taught me how to live by your glowing example. Thank You. "HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY"

Sharla Smith; Copyright May 8, 2010

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