Gratituesday: Dear Mama

Good Tuesday morning, friends! In this, the first installment of Gratituesday — where I get to share about whatever I’m grateful for — we’re talking about mothers, and in particular, my mother.

She’s the one who suggested that gratitude get its own day in my weekful of content. She’s the one who came up with the name (I had been thinking “Thanksgiving Thursday,” given my apparent affinity for alliteration :)). Thank you, Mom! 

So, why should gratitude have its own special day?

If gratitude were a food, it’d be salt. Sprinkled on anything, salt makes things 17 times better. The same goes for gratitude.

But in the case of gratitude, there’s no chance of hypertension. In fact, gratitude has been found to actually lower blood pressure!

Seriously, there are at least 28 measured benefits of gratitude. Look it up!

So back to mothers. What if they were always perfect?

No, not perfect 100% of the time, but the perfect mothers for us 100% of the time. Even in their unperfectness, they’re exactly who we need for us to become who we are meant to be.

I’m grateful for my mom because she’s the perfect mom for me. I’m grateful for all she went through to bring me into this world. All she went through raising me. (Surprise! I was not an easy teenager.) All the rollercoasters she’s been on with me since. 

I’m grateful for who she is and what she taught me. I’m grateful for her wise — and ever practical — counsel. I’m grateful for being able to witness her own growth.

Thank you, Mom, for everything. I love you!

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