Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Giving Thanks

Dear Mom,

There’s no doubt I never thanked you for all your hard work when I was little. But then I was just a kid and other than the everyday please and thank you’s, you didn’t just tell your mom how much you appreciated her doing the laundry, cleaning the house, grocery shopping, sewing clothes, canning food, cooking meals every day, and all of the other endless tasks. When I was a kid I never thought about all the things that magically got completed.

It also may sound crazy and I mean no disrespect when I say that I’m also grateful for your death. It taught me how to be responsible for myself. Naturally I’ve learned a lot along the way from other people and experiences, but I really believe it was a gift. Never thought that way when I was younger after first losing you, but over time I began to see things differently.

To name all the people and things I am grateful for… well the list would be endless. But I am truly grateful for everyone who has come and gone in my life and those still in it. I’m grateful for all experiences even those that appear negative as I’ve always believed something good will come of it. Haven’t been proven wrong yet.

Thank you Mom.

P.S. And thank you everyone.


  1. You are so right. Look closely at any experience and there's a gift for you there -- even in the hard ones. Thanks for sharing, Lynn!

  2. Thank you Carole and Tammy (and Tammy, thanks for stopping by!)

  3. Nice post, Lynn. I think about my mom a lot and often wish I could thank her for so many things. I "talk" to her all the time and hope she can hear me when I tell her how grateful I am for her sacrifices, big and small.


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