We're back at it this fine Sunday with a sweet letter from our intern Natalie to her mom!
A letter to my mom,
I am so incredibly grateful to have such a strong female figure in my life. The lessons you have taught me have been many, and I treasure all of our moments together. Over the past few years you have gone from being my mom to truly being my best friend. For 19 years you have been the last person I talk to before I go to bed, and the first person I talk to when I wake up and I wouldn’t have it any other way (yes I talk to my mom at least twice a day and you should too). You are the first person I call when I’m happy or sad, and there’s nothing more comforting then the sound of your voice or the feeling of your arms around me. Thank you for being my go-to shopping partner, my biggest fan, and my faithful confidant, because of your unconditional love and endless support, I have never had to feel alone a second in my life.
I have never been able to express how much I cherish and admire you, but to me you are one hell of a woman and everyday I strive to be as compassionate, strong and loving as you are. I am full of pride anytime someone says they see you in some aspect of me. The obstacles you have overcome to get to where you are today and how you surpassed them so graciously is what makes you more than a mom but my hero. Coming to a new country at age 6 and being immersed in a culture completely foreign to you, having to look after your younger siblings, and put yourself through college, did not leave you much time to be a kid. Yet you have never looked back, or felt sorry for yourself, you did not complain about what was fair or unfair, or look to others who were more fortunate with jealousy, instead you were grateful, you were grateful for your family, your health, and your freedom. You were grateful for your parents’ sacrifices, and for leaving everything behind to ensure you had a life full of opportunity, and you were determined to make sure that their sacrifice did not go to waste. You have instilled in me this value of gratefulness, and taught me to never take for granted the gifts I have been given and to take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way because not everyone has those opportunities and you have taught me through example that nothing in life comes easy, but through hard work you can get to the place you want to be.
I hope you know how proud I am to call you my mom and when I grow up (because I’m not a grown up yet) I hope to be just like you.
Love you more