^ Note: This just might be one of my favorite photos of all time. A cherished bond between mother, daughter, and granddaughter captured on the day of a mega milestone celebration.
To two of the most important and influential women in my life, I share these words with you on Mother's Day:
Thank you for all the laughs, the silly traditions and holiday fun.
Thank you for the bargain shopping adventures, road trips and hilarious hotel stays.
Thank you for encouraging my creativity, love for home decor and D.I.T (do.it.together) projects. (Doing it together is way more fun than doing it yourself.)
Thank you for listening: around the kitchen table, on the porch, in the car... and over the phone.
Thank you for letting the tears fall and for holding me close.
Thank you for the quiet moments near the lake, by the ocean, and on long walks.
Thank you for teaching me to enjoy each moment and savor the little things.
Thank you for showing me how to make the best lemonade. (Figuratively and literally.)
I am growing, evolving - coming into my own. I will make decisions you don't support. I will say things you don't like. I will make mistakes you'll wish you could fix for me. And, it might take longer than you'd like for me to come around, but know this: I deeply love you.
It is an honor to be your daughter. It is an honor to be your granddaughter. And, it is the greatest honor to be your friend.
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers on this beautiful planet - new moms, moms who have been at it for years, moms who have suffered great lost, step-moms, mother-in-laws, motherlike friends, and those who mother - I send you love and gratitude on this special day. You are each an inspiration. Take a moment for yourself today & celebrate.
With love, always, P