We all have moms that deserve some praise today (go give it to them, NOW in any way possible)! However, I want to speak solely about my mama bear and give her the thanks she truly deserves as a woman, a mother, and as a friend.
Mom, you are the greatest loser anyone could ever possibly ask for (now y'all don't get all bent out of shape because I just called my mom the "greatest loser," in my family loser is a sign of respect and we own the heck out of it. If you're a loser, you're in the club. You have your inside jokes, this is ours). Outside of telling the corniest jokes, cheers'ing to not only the weekends but whatever that day brings, screaming Yahtzee loud enough for the neighbors to hear, and putting chips and salsa at the top of our food pyramid, you are a rockstar.
You call me out when I deserve it. You tell me when an outfit doesn't look so good on me. You tell me when I am being naive and you tell me when I should drink another beer or margarita.
You love me unconditionally. I can be a brat at times and I am sorry for that (I am working on it) but you never hold a grudge towards me and the attitude I may have given you for no apparent reason or for the oreo crumbs that I swept into the closet instead of throwing in the trash can.
You have shown me strength that no one should have to show. You know exactly what I am talking about. You've lost the most important man in our lives and have managed to handle it with grace. Through ups and downs, celebrations and failures, you have helped show me that we can all make it.
You have showed me what hard work looks like. You've worked our entire lives (during busy season 7 days a week at times) so that we could have what we have and along the way you have passed those skills on to me and Nikki so that we can work for what we want and actual have it.
You've taught me the importance of being "Diamond Status". Free Ketel in the lounge. Enough said.
You have made it clear to always bring a cooler on roadtrips. That Miller Lite is the only beer you should drink and whenever I order it people can't stop telling me how I am "so midwest" for it. That BINGO is fun regardless of your age. That when it's your 19th birthday, you're family is going to celebrate in Windsor, Canada whether you want to go or not because it's an excuse to gamble so you might as well get on board. You've taught me the tricks to three card poker, pai gow and that even a game of catch phrase should be competitive.
You are one of a kind and I am so lucky to call you my mom. Thank you times a million for the love and support you have given us from day one, it means more than you could possibly know. For the countless amount of money you have spent on dance tuition, costumes, competitions and private lessons. For driving across the country to bring me a new car to drive since my last one blew up. For tickling me even when I told you to stop just because I was smiling and laughing too hard and for movie marathon nights that you were actually using your fingers to keep my eyes open because you were too scared to watch it alone. Thank you for giving me memories to laugh, cry and think about for the rest of my life.
I love you to death. You deserve the world mom and not just on mother's day, but everyday.