Dear Mum – An open letter to the most amazing woman I know

Dear Mum,

There, I said it. You are the most amazing woman I know. You’re 100 times more amazing than Beyoncé, and that’s saying a lot coming from me.

In the lead up to Mother’s Day, I started to think about all the awesome things you’ve done for me, and I realised that I never thank you enough.

Thank you for putting up with my crazy mood swings. I know being around me during “that time of the month” is like being dragged on a roller coaster you didn’t ask to be on. You somehow manage to be calm and collected when I’ve transformed into some sort of angry ogre stomping around the house with a heat pack permanently attached to my uterus. Thank you for also being the one who reminds me that I actually have medication that prevents me from transforming into an ogre and that I should probably take it.

Thank you for putting up with the fact that I’m a horrible morning person. Thank you for your hugs. Even those air hugs we exchange when one of us is sick. They all mean a lot.

Thank you for showing me that it’s ok to be a little crazy. I love that you apologise to inanimate objects. I love that you got sad when we had to get a new fridge because our old one died. I love that you get excited about things like kookaburras on our deck, or that our fruit trees are finally bearing fruit. I love that you can laugh at yourself. I also love how confused you are around technology and I’m so proud of you for taking the plunge and getting a smart phone. I know you don’t regret your decision considering the amount of time you spend adding emoticons to your Whatsapp messages.

Thank you for your encouragement. You always remind me that my best is all I can give, and that’s enough. Just today you told me never to feel like I need to make you proud because you already are proud. Thank you for your unconditional love, your words of wisdom and your patience.

There are SO many things that I admire in you. These include:

1. Your generosity and selflessness, which I know is something you got from Ah Kong. You’re always putting others before yourself, and you’re constantly thinking of who you can give stuff to.

2. Your adventurous nature. You love trying something new, and it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t work out. It means that Dad, T and I have to eat some pretty weird stuff, but that’s ok! We’ve all gotten used to it. Sometimes you strike gold though, i.e. you recently perfected kueh lapis and chwee kueh.

3. Your passion for our Heavenly Father and your desire to further His kingdom in everything you do. I love hearing about your plans and what you want to do to serve God. I admire how you continuously try to be the salt and light. I’ll bet you have impacted so many lives.

4. Your bravery. You are one of the gutsiest people I know. I can’t imagine how difficult it was to leave Singapore. I’ve mentioned it in a previous post, but as tough as the move was on me, it must’ve been way harder for you and Dad.

All in all, I think you’re amazing. Did I say that already?

I love you, Mum. Happy Mother’s Day. One day, I hope to be just as weird/crazy/awesome as you are.

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