Letter From Mom: The Truth About What She Wants This Year

May 12, 2017

You've seen tons of these before... these things on social media that are meant to be heartfelt and ask you to share if you love Jesus, or share if you love your kids. I normally just roll my eyes and scroll on past it, but this one kind of got me. When I saw this "share post" a few times from several of my mom friends, I finally took a few minutes to read it. I was pleased to find that it's actually really great. It's an open letter from Mom to kids about the question she gets every year about what to get her for Mother's Day. 

I'm what I would consider still a newish mom. I have a soon to be 3 year old daughter and every week seems like a bigger learning curve than the last. My daughter isn't old enough to have asked me that standard question this time of year, "What do you want for Mother's Day", but I know it's coming soon. This letter made me feel nostalgic about the relationship I have with my own mother as well as hopefully for the relationship I will grow to have with my daughter as she gets older. 

"Every year my children ask me the same question. After thinking about it, I decided I'd give them my real answer: What do I want for Mother's Day? I want you. I want you to keep coming around, I want you to bring your kids around (when you are married and have kids), I want you to ask me questions, ask my advice, tell me your problems, ask for my opinion, ask for my help. I want you to come over and rant about your problems, rant about life, whatever. Tell me about your job, your worries, your kids, your fur babies. I want you to continue sharing your life with me. Come over and laugh with me, or laugh at me, I don't care. Hearing your laugh is music to me.

I spent the better part of my life raising you the best way I know how. Now, give me the time to sit back and admire my work. Raid my refrigerator, help yourself, i really don't mind. In fact, I wouldn't want it any other way. I want you to spent your money making a better life for you and your family, I have the things I need. I want to see you happy and healthy. when you ask me what i want for Mother's Day, i say "nothing" because you've already been giving me my gift all year. I want you. 

If you feel the same way, feel free to copy and paste. I did."