Happy Father’s Day, Mum

Dear Mum,

Happy Father’s Day.

Today isn’t just about the great Dads out there, it’s also about you – a woman who has brought me up alone for the last 12 years and who has exceeded every expectation possible.

I used to hate Father’s Day. I always used to wake up with a heavy heart. If we went out, I was always on edge. I felt exposed. I thought people would notice that it was just the two of us. And every time I’d hear a child shouting ‘Daddy’, my heart would break a little bit more inside.

It’s not that much easier now. I can’t deny that I miss being a family. But I’ve decided to turn that pain into love – the love towards you, my Mum, because you deserve to be celebrated today too, for everything you’ve done for me since Dad died.

You are an incredible Mum. You have always encouraged me to let my heart lead the way in figuring out who I am and what I will become, you’ve let me make all my own mistakes and you’ve never held me back from doing anything, even if you know it’s probably not for the best. You’ve had your heart broken multiple times, each time I’ve waved you off at the airport to explore another part of the world. Yet you’ve always supported my decision to travel and you always follow every step of my journey.

Your kindness knows no boundaries, your patience is admirable and your words are always wise. You have shown more support than I could ever have imagined, so much so that everything I do in life now, I always want to make you proud. I never want to let you down. The thing is, even if I did I know you wouldn’t love me any less. That’s how amazing you are.

You are my rock, my soul mate and my best friend. We have a bond like no other, and I know that the last 12 years have brought us so much closer together. Life can be turned upside down, but it’s these times when people come together, support one another and provide comfort when they need it. That’s what you did for me, and maybe I was too young to return the favour back then, but I will be there for you at the drop of a hat, now and forever.

You have always gone above and beyond the call of duty as a parent. As my Mum and best friend, you have taught me more than you’ll ever know. Everything I am is because of you. I am proud to be who I am today, because of you. I am proud to be the kind and caring person that I am today, because of you.

It’s all thanks to you, Mum.

I don’t know how I was lucky enough to be brought into the world by you, but I couldn’t be prouder to call you my Mum.

I know Dad would be so proud of you. And I know he’d be proud of me, too.

Thank you for everything you’ve ever done and will keep on doing. I don’t know what I’d do without you in my life!

I love you.