What I Want for Mother’s Day

My wife always says I’m the one gifted with a silver tongue. I think she nailed this one. She says she borrowed some of the stuff in here, but it’s straight from the heart.

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Dear Children,

Mother’s Day is coming up, and I thought I should tell you what I want, this year and every year after; it’s pretty simple really.

I want you to be a decent human being.

I want you to be who you are, but don’t be an asshole.

I want you to work hard at everything you do, because life is too short not to give it everything you’ve got.

I want you to ask for help when you need it.

I want you to help others when they need it.

I want you to learn how to cook, do your own laundry, pay your bills and know how to clean a bathroom.

When you screw up, and you will, more than once, I want you to own it, because it’s the screw-ups that make the victories sweeter.

I want you to travel, because the world is huge and you are only one part of it.

I want you to know that even when we hate each other, I will never stop loving you.

I want you to play nicely with others.

I want you to find a way to do what you love, and realize that that might look different than you originally thought.

I want you to respect every human being’s right to be who they are.

I want you to sometimes be more interested in someone else than in yourself.

I want you to know that I would lay down my life for you, but I will not allow you to walk all over me.

I want you to realize how lucky you are every once in awhile even if only for an instant.

I want you to know love, even if it means getting hurt.

I want you to know life can be brutally hard sometimes.

I want you to choose your friends wisely.

And I wouldn’t mind breakfast in bed.

See, simple.

Love,

Mom

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About Rick

Writer, photographer, thinker of deep thought . . . too bad I only write about shallow ones.
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