For providing a safety net
While I spread my wings
For picking me up
When they, untested, failed.
For worrying about me
When I didn’t worry enough,
Yet exuding quiet confidence
In my ability to succeed.
For giving the gift of understanding
By nodding in all the right places
Discussing anything and everything
As the fancy led us.
For laughing at my impressions,
Making me feel ten feet tall
And requesting your favorites,
Still giggling at their brilliance.
For making life a kaleidoscope
Each new day an adventure
A simple run for a diet coke
Turning into an escape, vibrant with magic.
For making me feel like an only child
And providing siblings to share the experience
A proud light in your eyes as you claim
“Yes, they’re all ours.”
For making the word “mother”
Reminiscent of love and warmth and laughter
Giving constantly of yourself
By expending both time and peace of mind.
For making our lives richer
By the person that you are
Exemplifying the wife and mother
I desire to be, in the far and misty future.
For being our mom first,
Friend and confidant second
And our biggest cheerleader third
Mom, I love you – forever and always.