Dear Mom,

 

I know we spend time together several days a week between morning workouts and seeing you one day a week when you visit the kids. One would think because of this constant engagement, our relationship can be taken for granted. But I would not take this for granted for even a moment.

 

I need you to know, Mom, how much I love you. I’m not sure if any words can truly capture this but I am going to do my best and try.

 

Recalling our relationship as a child, I could go to you for anything, tell you my deepest secrets and wildest dreams. You made me feel like I can make all of this come to life. I never felt doubt or that I was anything less than perfect when I was around you. You not only gave me life when you brought me into this world but you brought life and love to me every day. And for this I feel so blessed.

 

Watching you struggle and make the decision to get divorced when I was just seven, I remember seeing you look sad. You explained to me that both you and Dad could not get along and it was the best decision for the family relationship.

 

You always smiled when I was around, regardless of what was going on in your mind. You made me feel comforted and cared for. I felt like I was your universe and I never once felt unimportant when I was around you. After you got divorced, you continued to devote yourself to me and my sister. I often wondered how you did it—you always seemed to hold it together. But every now and then I would catch you starting to cry in your room and I would come in and wrap my arms around you, telling you everything would be ok.

 

I told you the same thing you told me time and time again. I love you and we are going to be okay, because we are a team. And we got through those ups and downs together.

 

Going off to work and having to leave me and my sister was not easy for you. Even though grandpa moved in to help you out, it was still tough for you. But we got through it each day. You never once complained. You held your head up and did whatever you could, day in and day out.

 

How in the world could you be a real-life superhero? I imagined you with a cape, shield, smile and super powers that got you through each day. I always believed in you because you were just a good person with a heart of gold.

 

The childhood nightmares that had me tossing and turning would sometimes keep me from getting a good night’s sleep. But if I came to you sleepless and scared, you never turned me away to lay with you. I always felt loved, protected and as if everything would be okay because of your loving arms. As a mother of 4, I feel these same protective arms when I hold my children.

 

You encompassed greatness in everything you did, even the way you loved.

 

There have been many falls, failures and let’s face it—I am not close to perfect. But you made me feel incredible always and because of this I chose my passion to be my career. I knew if I followed your direction I would be successful because you always wanted the best for me. I also knew I would find happiness in this path.

 

Every day I smile because I love what I do, thanks to you. I have succeeded because of my capability to get up from each fall, brush myself off and move on. This is all because of you, Mom!

 

As a grandmother to my four children, you provide the greatest display of unconditional love, guidance, comfort and care. You come over with snacks, stories, lessons and games to play. There is always room on your lap for a child. I am brought back to memories of my childhood, growing up with the best mother. I always think if I could just be a little like you as a mother, I can succeed. After all, I learned from the absolute best!

 

So, I wanted to thank you for all that you did and continue to do. I smile every day because of you. You have created so much more that has produced a beautiful new generation. You have given up so much of yourself because of the love that you have.

 

You will forever be the stars, sun and the moon to me. You are the light at the end of the tunnel, and no matter where I am when I look up at the horizon, I will think of you. Mom, you are amazing!

 

Tara

Tara Zimliki is a nationally recognized weight loss expert, personal trainer, health coach, health writer and founder of Tara’s Bootcamp, the Premiere Bootcamp of New Jersey. Tara also runs her own blog, funfitmama.com