We might be 728 miles away from each other, but I just wanted to take some time to tell you how much I appreciate everything you have done for me.
I never imagined attending college so far away from home. I never thought there would be a time that I wouldn’t come home to you asking how my day was, or that I would someday have to do my own laundry! Frankly, I never really imagined becoming an adult. And now that I am on my own, I realize that I took all the things you did for me for granted.
So, this letter is basically just to say thank you. Thank you for quitting your job so you could stay at home and raise me. Thank you for sacrificing so much so that you could send me to private school. Thank you for cooking me homemade meals, and for trying to make a sit-down family dinner happen every night. Thank you for forcing me to practice piano, because even though I hated it back then, it has now become one of my favorite pastimes. Thank you for instilling in me the desire to do well in school and study hard. Thank you for holding a cold cloth over my head when I’m sick, and for still doing it even though I’m 18 years old. Thank you for taking me shopping when something crummy happened at school to get my mind off of things. Thank you for listening to me rant about my countless number of problems and for answering the phone when I call too many times because I am homesick. But most of all, thank you for making me the person I am today.
I would be so lost without you, Mom. I learned everything from you. You taught me to be a caring, Christian person, and to always do the right thing. You taught me to work hard and never give up. If it weren’t for your constant encouragement, I would not be where I am today. In fact, I would probably still be cowering in my bedroom, crippled by my anxiety and depression and missing out on so many of life’s opportunities. You made me face my fears and be strong. I used to get so angry about how you would nag me to do things – to do chores, to practice piano, and to get off my electronics. But I now realize that you did all that because you were just looking out for me.
I miss you so much. I miss our sarcastic banter and our marathon nights of Grey’s Anatomy or Gilmore Girls.
I might even miss your lectures a little bit! But I guess missing your mom is all just part of becoming an adult. I was always afraid of growing up and being on my own, but I think I have managed it pretty well, and that is all because of you. You prepared me for all the twists and turns of life. I can only hope that when I have kids someday, I can be half as good of a mom as you are. You are not only my role model, but also my best friend.
I love you, Mom.
Your College Daughter