Pigtails and ‘I love yous’

A Mother’s Day thank you

At 4 years old, you helped me put my hair in crooked pigtails and didn’t bat an eye when I coupled the look with every strand of costume jewelry beads I could find.

At 6, you let me interrupt your busy days to wrap my arms around you and whisper “I love you” just because.

At 10, you cheered me on in the elementary school talent show — telling all the other moms in the audience my piano playing should’ve beat that one girl’s dance routine.

At 13, I became convinced you didn’t know anything about the life of a teenage girl and couldn’t possibly relate to my daily woes.

At 18, you helped me move into my college dorm more than an hour away and told me I would do great things while you cried just a little.

And now, at 22, I’m realizing I couldn’t have been luckier to have been raised by you.

Little girls don’t always appreciate their mothers.

We argue and fight about what we should wear and if our new jeans are too tight. We don’t listen to your advice about our friends and boys and most everything else. We don’t think we need you to tell us how the world works, but then we call you to ask which brand of laundry detergent is best and how long to leave the chicken in the oven. We sometimes forget you have been here before and know exactly how we feel.

You were there for every triumph and every fail, helping me get back on my feet and convincing me the world wouldn’t end, and you will be there the next time it feels like things are falling apart, telling me I can handle this and more.

I wish I could take back the occasional slammed doors and temper tantrums, the eye rolls and attitude. Even though I wasn’t always the perfect daughter, you’ve never missed a step in caring for me, guiding me, encouraging me.

For many, Mother’s Day has become a time for gifts and cards and breakfast in bed, but this year I simply wanted to say thank you for the role you’ve played in helping me become the young woman I am today.

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Posted by Taylor Fussman

Taylor is the cops and courts reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review newspapers. She can be reached at (231) 592-8362 or by email at tfussman@pioneergroup.com.

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