An Open Letter of Thanks: In Honor of Mother’s Day
An Open letter for my Beloved Grandmother Consuelo, Mother Catarina, Godmother Celedina, and Mom Kathie,
I wanted to take this time to thank each of them for influencing my life in different ways.
I know Mother’s Day just passed but I wanted to write my thanks in this letter today.
First and foremost, to my beloved Grandmother Consuelo ( Abuela) I don’t think you ever knew how much you meant to me. I hope I remembered to tell you every day but I don’t think I knew until I became a mother just how much you did for not only me but everyone. Both you and Grandpa were our parents and when everything fell apart for us as kids you were there for us and dedicated all of your life to making sure we had everything. I could go on and on and I wanted to tell you I developed my dedication to making sure I help others and get things done because of you. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t miss you. I know it’s been almost 10 years now since you left this earth but I carry you in my heart forever.
Now I go to you, Mother. I wanted to tell you how proud I am of you and all you have been able to overcome. I know you were always the hardest on yourself for all that happened with you and Dad, but you made it. You asked for help and your parents were there for you. I know you went through so much but I didn’t realize how much until I had my own children. Life is hard and sometimes things happen and we are not prepared for what comes. However, you came out of it stronger and I could not be who I am today without that strength you showed me. Even today with the numerous health issues you have, you’ve relied on your faith which has given you the courage to keep fighting. Thank you, Mama. I love you.
My dear Godmother Cela, you know you have always been like my own mother. Having grown up in the same neighborhood and having the pleasure of knowing you and Eloisa, what can I say? You both changed not only my life, but also that of my family. Cela, you were always there for us and cared for us and we can never repay all that you did for us. I know since last year things have been very hard and I can’t even imagine what you are feeling. I know what losing Eloisa was for me, but I can’t imagine how it must be for you. I am so glad we talk on the phone and you let me know how you are feeling. I know you trust in God and his wisdom which is something I learned from you. You always made sure my siblings and I were strong in our faith and never walked away from it. I know health-wise you have also fought some battles, but you are here and I couldn’t keep fighting if it wasn’t for you. You have shown me to never give up and keep on, even when things look dark which is something Eloisa also showed me. Love you always.
Last, but not least, Mom. Since the day I met you and Dad, you have never treated me like your daughter in law. I have always been your daughter. I wanted to tell you that I have learned so much from you. Among other things, you have shown me kindness, love for others, and to always pursue what you most love. You have always said to show others kindness no matter how negative a person might be. I see this in you and how you live as God says to love one another as I have loved you. I appreciate your support and I can see why Jeremy is who he is, because of how great you have been. Love you, Mom.
Finally, I just wanted to let you know I love you all and I hope you had the best Mother’s Day!
P.S. I also wanted to say thank you to my beloved best friend and sister Eloisa. Thank you for being the best mom and person. You taught me so much about being humble and appreciating all around me. Even when illness came, you always handled it with a smile and dedicated your life to your family and your students. You will always be my sister and I will carry you in my heart forever and not a day goes by that I do not miss you.