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A Daughter's Confessions

It is Mother's Day. I am in Los Angeles. My mom is in Indiana. Since I left home my freshman year of college, we have rarely spent this holiday together. I always call and post a photo, but now I have this space of heart outpourings, and so, today it must be said just how incredibly lucky I feel to have been gifted the woman I so gratefully call my Mom. To her, this public love letter.

Deer Mom,

The words, 'thank you,' just don't seem to carry near the weight of the endless amount of gratitude I hold for you in my heart. But thank you. Thank you for having the courage to raise two daughters with scorpio moons. That couldn't have been easy! Thank you for having the courage to leave something you didn't believe in, but maintaining love and forgiveness in your heart. Thank you for having the courage to live, just the three of us, in that trailer that tipped far out in the country, deep in the woods. That must have been so scary. Thank you for setting this tremendously brave example. I probably didn't think much of it then, but I do now. Thank you for choosing a love that would support all of us so beautifully, a love that allowed for our elevation. I may not have found that for myself yet, but I sure as shit have been witness to it, and won't settle until I do. Thank you for holding your high standards that at times felt impossible, but I know now that anything is actually possible. Thank you for never allowing me to feel sorry for myself - I learn