I’m not spending today with my mom, primarily because I still have an exam to prepare for tomorrow, but also because of distances and because I’m going to drive to see her next weekend. She called me a week ago and requested that we not buy her a Mother’s Day gift this year because we just had her birthday and Easter, and I’m willing to respect that wish (see also: not wealthy). I don’t have the time to write everything I want to, but I thought I could take a moment away from studying to share one thing.
I was trying to think about the coolest thing my mom ever did and I was struggling. Not because there was a lack of cool things, or trips or experiences, but because the coolest thing my mom ever did didn’t fall into any of those categories.
The coolest thing my mom ever did, was give me a sister (well, technically, she gave my sister a sister, but whatever). Having a sister has given me someone I could look up to, someone I could fight with and play with, a partner in crime.
For years my mom not so secretly hoped that one day we would be friends, that we would learn to communicate and stop fighting. And I think that one of the best gifts I can give back to my mom on this Mother’s Day is the knowledge that my sister is truly one of my closest companions. I talk to her several days a week, if not every day. We laugh, we support one another, occasionally we argue, but we are friends, sisters, and we love each other. My sister knows my secrets, my fears, my joys and my struggles.
So I just wanted to say thank you to my mom, not just for my life and all the joys and memories, but for giving me someone else to share those joys with, to make believe with and to grow up with.
I think I speak for both of us when I say Happy Mother’s Day, mom. We love you more.