Dear, Mum…

At your surprise party I was completely put on the spot with the speech and obviously had nothing prepared so I didn’t get to say everything that I wanted you to know. But as I was standing in front of everyone saying thanks and cracking a few jokes these are some of the things that I really wanted to say…
Thank you for everything. Thank you for putting us first from when we were all babies to now. You’re the person who taught us nearly everything we know. You’re the person who is there to put the pieces together when things come crashing down. You’re the one who all of us call to tell our bad news and good news. You’re the one who always knows the right thing to do. You’re the person who tells us what we need to hear even when we don’t want to hear it. You are the one who we can always rely on and who we can always trust.
You’ve taught us that the worst possible things can happen in life but we can get through them. You’ve always put us first no matter what. You’re there for us at any time of the day or night. You put everything on hold whenever we need you. You’ve showed us that it’s the small things that are important. You’ve let us grow up to be who we want to be and do what we want to do. You’ve always let us believe in ourselves and help us make decisions for ourselves.
You make sure we know that everything will be ok. You make sure that we try to be the best that we can be. I don’t know anyone who has been through the things that you’ve been through. I don’t think anyone else could do what you’ve done for the four of us and for everyone around you. You’re not just our mum – you’re our best friend, our adviser, our taxi. You’re our nurse (not such a good thing when you think we’re over reacting and make us ice-skate with a broken wrist), you’re our favourite person in the world and you mean so much to everyone who knows you.
You have shown us that we can be independent. You’ve shown strength that I didn’t think it was possible to have. You’ve never let us down. You never showed us anything but love, strength, forgiveness and happiness. You’ve always reminded us that it’s ok to talk about things and it’s ok to miss people. But most importantly you’ve taught us that no matter how bad things get or who comes and goes – you will always be there.
So thank you. You may have given all of us your ridiculously bad timekeeping skills but we’ll forgive you. Thank you for always making the best of every situation. Thank you for always making us smile and laugh. Thank you for being the easiest person to talk to. Thank you for all the hugs and for telling us you love us every single day. Thank you for every single thing you’ve ever done for us.
Nothing will ever repay you for everything you’ve done. But we want you to be the happiest person you can be. We want you to enjoy everything you do. We want you to be proud of yourself for bringing up four ridiculously crazy people on your own. We want you to know how much we all love you. You deserve all the love in the world and we’re so happy you found someone who makes you happy. Thank you for always reminding us that we’ll always have you, we’ll always have each other and we’ll always have a place to call home.

I know we don’t say it enough but we love you more than anything in the whole wide world Mum. 
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