*Thanks to my friend Latresha Woodruff for serving as the guest writer for Day 16 of the Dear Gratitude project. This is a letter Latresha wrote to her mom on Valentine’s Day.*
I thought this Valentine’s Day I wouldn’t use a card to tell you how I feel about you. It hasn’t always been easy for you, but you did everything you could to make sure your children got the things they needed.
Your strength and faithfulness is admirable. I always felt you were one of the strongest women I knew. Looking up at you as a little girl at Mt. Olive Church, how you would fan me until church ended, I thought, “Does she ever get tired?” When I became an adult I realized a mother would do anything for her child. When life kicked you down, you didn’t stay there; you got back up because we depended on you.
I just wanted to take this time out to thank you for keeping me on the right path, and to thank you for the sacrifices you’ve made over the years for me. Thank you for showing me by example, that no matter how bad things are, you have the power to change your circumstances. Thank you for pushing me to go to college and supporting me while I was there. Thank you for always letting me know you are proud of me because no matter how old we get, we need to know we’ve made our mama proud. I love you from the bottom of my heart. Things haven’t always been rosy, but I wouldn’t trade the life I’ve had because of YOU. I thank GOD he blessed me with you.