Thank you for everything.
Thank you for making this building around us a home that protects our wonderful family. Thank you for making it clear that we will still be a family, even when I move away for school. Thank you for encouraging education. Thank you for empowering me. I would not be the person I am today without a mother like you.
As a mother, you have done so much more than give birth to me, feed me, and give me a place to live. Your love has shown me what it means to be a good person and how to care for others. Your support has given me the courage to branch out and try new things. By joining Con Mi MADRE you gave us the opportunity to have many important conversations—about education, bullying communication, the future. Con a I MADRE has brought us together at time we might have been working individually, on homework or planting flowers. Con Mi MADRE has been informative, supportive, and, most importantly, a good reason for us to spend time together thinking about and learning about important ideas for the future.
While we occasionally disagree, 95 percent of the time, you are my biggest supporter, and I know you will always be my strongest advocate. I see how hard you work, at school and at home, and I strive to be as strong as you, as perseverant as you, as loving as you.
I’m sad that I will be leaving home in just over three months, but I am ecstatic about what lies ahead. And you helped prepare me for these adventures. I know we will continue to have a loving and supportive relationship, no matter how far apart we are. You have taught me and shown me how to live as a daughter of God.
I am immensely grateful for all of our conversations and all the time we spend together. I am so happy to be able to call you Mom. Today is your day, so take a deep breath (because daughters can give advice too, right?), relax, and don’t worry too much. We are together as a family, and that’s what matters most (and, to make it better, we know I’m going to college next year!). Happy Mother’s Day!
Love and hugs always,
Con Mi MADRE participant, Class of 2015