Dear Mommy,

I once read an article that had an analogy about a mason jar and a whole bunch of marbles (940 to be exact). Each marble represents a week and the mason jar holds the marbles. Each week that goes by, you take one of the marbles out and what you are left with are the weeks that remain before a child goes off to college. It is supposed to be a reminder that the time that a parent and a child have together before going off to school goes by in the blink of an eye and it also serves as a reminder to cherish each moment.  

Metaphorically speaking, if we were to do this, we would only have three marbles left in our jar. As I am writing this, I wanted to let you know what a great mom you are. Yes, I know this is not goodbye or anything close to the sort, but I wanted to take a moment to remind you of how much I truly appreciate you and everything you do. You have raised me and the kids practically on your own.  I couldn’t be more grateful for the countless hours you have worked to provide a great life for us. You always do everything you possibly can to make everything perfect. I can’t fathom how you do everything you do, and still do it better than anyone I know. You truly are the super hero mom and amaze me each and every day.

To be completely honest, I have never felt like time has gone by so fast in my life. This last year has been a complete and utter whirlwind between college tours, applying to schools, senior project, working and the hoopla surrounding graduation. I am looking back now wondering how on earth it all went by so fast. It feels like just yesterday you were teaching (i.e. forcing) me to learn how to ride a bike in the pouring rain (granted it was at age ten, but hey, I still learned). Without your love, support and guidance, I know for a fact I would not be the person that I am today. From you, I have learned an abundance of things. Of the many things you’ve taught me, a few that I think are most important are: kindness, grace, wit, how to stand up for myself, to be respectful, to think for myself, to reach for the stars and to never ever give up. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for pushing me to be and do better. Thank you for preparing me for this next phase in my life and equipping me with the knowledge of how to succeed. I know I could go on and on for days about the many ways you have been a blessing to me, and that still wouldn’t be enough. We have been through it all together, and there is no one else I would rather have by my side than you.

Mommy, as we spend our next three “marbles” together, I want you to know that you are incredible. The thought of leaving for school is hard for me, but I know that you will always be just a phone call away. There is nothing that could ever come between the two of us, and the bond we share, because you are not only my mom, but my very best friend. I love you, my sunshine.

XO,

P.S. I can’t wait for football games with you!

Ann-Hunter C
FFL Cabinet Member