Dear Mom,

I know in the 37 years I have been your daughter that we have not always seen eye to eye. We have had our ups and downs like everyone else. But I wanted to say….

Thank you.

Thank you for always having my back even when you did it behind the scenes. I know I will never fully know all the times you did, but just understand that on some level I always knew you did.

Thank you for allowing me to be me. You always took me for who I was and never tried to shape me in your image. Because of this I grew up knowing who I was and I have always had the strength to be me. I also have a quick wit and amazing sense of humor. (So modest too)

Thank you for showing me its okay to be a nerd. To love books and music and science. That even when I would spend hours on the weekends reading book after book you just let me be. You would let me read anything and everything that grabbed my attention. Because of this I now love reading and learning with a passion.

Thank you for letting me get involved in one of the most expensive sports out there and never batting an eye when I needed something. It has been something that has stayed with me all these years and gives me peace when I need it most.

Thank you for showing me that no matter what you will always love me. That you will always be someone I can talk to.

Thank you.

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