It also happens to be my mom's birthday. I think you know what's coming.
Happy Birthday. I'm sure today is just like any other day for you. Your students will frustrate you and yet bring you joy, you and Dad will have dinner and you'll check papers. But it's not like any other day for me. It's my mom's birthday, and I am celebrating you and remembering how lucky I am to have you as my mom. You are the best, after all.
I love spending time with you. There are times I'd rather spend time with you and Dad than my own friends. You make me laugh and you give me the best advice. You're always looking out for me. You want me to be happy.
Sometimes I just sit and think how lucky I am to have you as a mom. You are one of my best friends and someone that I want to call right when I get out of work or when I'm leaving youth group or after a date. I want to fill you in on everything. I want to hear your opinion. I want you to be proud of me.
You are beautiful mom. On the outside and on the inside. You are beautiful because you care so much about people and want to help them. You find different quirks in your students and cater to them. You find a way to relate to everyone and help them to feel included and welcome.
I'll never forget you telling me that a parent once told you that you had hidden angel wings. I think that's the best description I can give about you. You really do. You fly to the rescue to get people what they need. That's an angel.
Your students are beyond blessed to have been able to sit in your classroom and hear your wisdom, your jokes, and get your guidance. For many, you were the "best teacher they ever had". I hear that all the time, from young students and older ones who remember how well you taught them. I hear it from parents who tell me you changed their child's life.
Duh. You certainly have shaped mine. A few months ago you and Dad may have even saved it when you convinced me to do something about my health. You have been supporting me nonstop through all of that and I appreciate it more than you will ever know.
I love you, Mom. Your hidden angel wings have swept me up more times than I can count.
To the rest of the world, let me just show you a small collection of screencaps I've saved that showcase how much my mom makes me laugh.
She asks me silly questions...
She's sassy when I need her help.....
And, probably my favorite thing, she trolls twitter during and after Notre Dame football games and sarcastically replies to haters. Here is she throwing in a sarcastic "LOL" to a UofM fan after their embarrassing win to Akron. My mom is just too cool.