Every day you look more beautiful than ever. And everyday I pray that I’ll age like you…. not that you’re old or anything.
But seriously. I pray that one day I will reach a point where I’m half as strong and intelligent as you – half as compassionate, selfless, and caring as you. I pray that I become at least half as striking of a woman as you are.
Nothing brings me more joy than when people point out that “a daughter always ends up like her mother,” because what else could I possibly want in this life other than to follow in your foot steps?
Mother-daughter relationships are very special; especially when you’re the eldest. No one on this entire earth knows you like your ma does, supports you like your ma does, fights with and for you like your ma does, or loves you like your ma does. Every day I’m learning to cherish this bond more and more. And every day I uncover just how much of a wonderful role model you have been, and always will be.
Thank you for instilling within me so many important values and characteristics to successfully live my life. Ones that are sometimes frowned upon or overlooked in our community by specific people (or genders). You taught me to speak up, to be a leader, to be critical instead of passive, to be stubborn for all the right reasons, and to always make sure that I’m two steps ahead of the patriarchy.
When I jokingly tell you that, “I’m dropping out of college,” and you reply with “ballah,” you remind me just how important it is for me to push through in this world if I want to make it far.
No one on this entire earth knows you like your ma does, supports you like your ma does, fights with and for you like your ma does, or loves you like your ma does.
When you constantly said to me, “Don’t think about doing anything before you earn your degree,” you taught me to fall in love with seeking knowledge before falling in love with something that can be taken away from me. You taught me to be whole on my own and how to (literally and figuratively) stand on my own two feet.
When I came to you with my dreams of being a fashion designer, a best-selling author, a journalist, a world traveler, and God knows whatever else I could think of… you never once shut me down. All of those indecisive years and you never made my dreams feel too big or too far-fetched. Instead, you always said, “I don’t care what you do, as long as it’s something you love.”
Not everyone can say that they’ve had the same experience with their mother. I recognize how truly blessed I am, Alhamdullilah. But sometimes, we forget our biggest blessings are also our biggest tests. So forgive me for my shortcomings, mama. Because I love you more than you love telling me to do the dishes.
A very happy mother’s day to you… يا ست الحبايب