Tribute to My Eighty-Eight Year Old Mom, by Karen Sawyer

Dear Mom,

As I sit down to write this Mother’s Day letter to you, where do I start?  How do I single out a few things to write about from a whole life of memories?  I mean, after all, I’ve known you since day one.  More accurately, you’ve known me since day one.

Anyway, as I look back and remember my life, there is one thread that runs through every facet of my life – that is you.  We are somehow connected at a deeper level, a higher plain than most people.  I could say that it’s just because you’re my mother but that is only where it starts.  I hope it’s not just because we have the same blood – because I want to have the same connectedness with my kids.  No, somewhere it went beyond that.  And I can honestly say it has nothing to do with me.  The credit goes completely to you.

You are the only person in my whole life that has loved me unconditionally through thick and thin, never asking for anything in return.  Simply loving me, encouraging me and supporting me through all the stages of my life.

As a child, I don’t remember you trying to pound things into my head in order to teach me something.  I think you simply showed me how to live by example.  When I was a teenager, I do remember you voicing concerns about certain friends or activities.  But by that time, I knew your standards and knew right and wrong.  So even though I wasn’t perfect, I tried to be a good kid because I didn’t want to disappoint you and Dad.  I didn’t always succeed.  For those times, I am sorry.

You have gone the extra mile and done more than your share for a mom.  I know that neither of us probably expected ourt lives to turn out the way they did.  I have you to thank for mine and I’m sorry that I haven’t been there for you as you have struggled with your eyesight and getting older.  But there is never a day that you are not in my thoughts.  Besides being my mom and my best friend, I really like you and I’m comfortable with you – kind of like I’ve known you all my life.


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4 Responses to “Tribute to My Eighty-Eight Year Old Mom, by Karen Sawyer”

  1. I can only hope to have the impact on my own daughter that your mother has had on you. Beautiful.

  2. Angel says:

    That was a beautiful letter. I hope your mom reads it!

  3. Cathy Doheny says:

    What a wonderful relationship you have with your mom. How very lucky you both are!

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