Dear Mom, Happy Mother’s Day!

by Sherry Riter in Family,Holiday,Mom,Mother's Day

Mom, through the years...

Dear Mom,

Over the past thirty five years your hair has gone from black to white, but you are more beautiful today than you have ever been and you still look too young too be my mother. I’m being totally honest and not in the least bit biased even though I am your daughter. You are truly beautiful inside and outside.

This week as I flipped through the photos of you, I realized how quickly time has passed. It seems like just yesterday that I took your picture standing in the front yard of our home in Texas. We were both so young. Do you remember posing like a model in front of that big tree? You were determined not to squint even though the sun was shining like crazy that day. Of course, I was squinting like crazy.

Fast forward thirty five years later to your living room in Virginia. I had been taking pictures for your online store for four days and had finally finished. You had complained the whole time about the heat from the light as you adjusted and held it. When we were all done, I asked you to get into the light box under the hot lights because I wanted to take your picture. You didn’t want to do it at all and started complaining. Eventually you gave in and got into the pearl and lace draped light box because you knew that I wasn’t going to shut up until I had the chance to photograph you.

When you finally got into the light box, we both got the giggles. What you don’t know is that I snapped pictures of you the whole time we were laughing. I have photos of you in the funniest poses while you were laughing and giggling in the light box. We laughed so hard that day that our sides hurt and we could hardly breathe. Actually, we both laughed until we cried. Believe it or not, that day ranks up there with one of my fondest memories of us together. You’ll never know how thankful I was that day for all you have done for me. You were so beautiful as I looked at your through the lens of my camera.

I know you have always tried hard to be a good mother and grandmother because you love us all very much. Because of all your hard work and sacrifices, I was given a solid foundation of love, good moral values, my knowledge of God and many wonderful memories. I know it wasn’t always easy for you and at times, it was really hard, but you haven’t ever given up. You fought against your insecurities, fears and lack of understanding. I’m very proud of you. I think you have been a wonderful mother and grandmother.

For the past couple years, I know that you’ve missed the old me and have prayed continually that I would pull through this horrible mess. I know you have felt helpless. I appreciate your prayers and love more than I have the talent or words to express it.

Mom, I love you. I’m sorry that neither of our lives have turned out the way we dreamed they would, but you know what? We both may have wounded, tattered and scarred hearts, but we have learned so much. Not only has it molded us into better people, but we are not bitter and we truly love each other. I think we can be proud of those accomplishments.

Thank you so much for giving me life, raising me with love, teaching me with patience, wanting me always and loving me.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Loving you always,

Happy Mother's Day Mom!

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw.
All I am I owe to my mother.
I attribute all my success in life to the moral,
intellectual and physical education I received from her.
~ George Washington ~


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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Skip_D May 13, 2012 at 12:57 am

Happy Mother’s Day to you, Sherry – & to your mom!


2 The Redhead Riter May 13, 2012 at 12:58 am

Thank you, Skip.


3 Teresha May 13, 2012 at 3:54 am

Happy Mother’s Day to you and your mom!


4 The Redhead Riter May 13, 2012 at 4:00 am

Thank you, Teresha, and you likewise!


5 Lisa May 13, 2012 at 4:31 am

What a beautiful post to honor your mom. Happy Mother’s Day to you too!


6 The Redhead Riter May 13, 2012 at 9:25 am

Thanks Lisa! Happy Mother’s day to you!


7 mom May 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Oh Sherry, it is so wonderful. Thank you. It was easy being your mom. You were so easy to love and I was always looking at you thinking, “How did I get so blessed?” I sit here today feeling the same about all four of my girls – Audrey, Brittany, Alyssa and you.


8 The Redhead Riter May 13, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I’m glad you liked it, Mom. Thank you.


9 andy May 13, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Happy Mother’s Day Sherry! Please extend my wishes to your mother as well. But please don’t take her with us in the Yacht trip. 😀


10 The Redhead Riter May 13, 2012 at 8:20 pm

LMBO ANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(after recovering from fit of laughter)

Mom won’t be on the yacht. She doesn’t like boats anyway.

Thank you for the well wishes and for making me nearly crack a rib from laughing so hard.


11 Shelly May 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

You have an amazing mother, and you are amazing yourself. (She does look go mom!) I’m so happy to see a mother/daughter relationship like yours. I only wish I were as lucky, but I got my family and as people say, just do what you wish you had with your own, and so I do.
You make the best of it.

You are blessed.. and life never turns out how we predict. This I surely know with my own share of eternal scars. But to have a friend along from the ride to weather the storm..THAT is damn special.

Happy Mother’s Day!



12 The Redhead Riter May 13, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Thank you very much, Shelly. Obviously, you already know that I feel very lucky to have my mom as my mom. I’m also glad that you didn’t carry on your family traditions. Your children will grow up and be close with you just like me and Mom. <3 🙂


13 Jessica @ Muthering Heights May 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm

What a sweet letter to your mom!


14 The Redhead Riter May 14, 2012 at 12:26 am

Thanks Jessica!


15 katlupe May 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm

What an awesome post! I am sure you had a wonderful day. I am sorry I am a day late wishing you a wonderful Mother’s Day that will carry you through the whole year with your beautiful daughter, charming sister and your gorgeous Mother (she really is)!!!

P.S. I almost forgot Turtle and Bella too! I know they count you as their Mom also. My girls all think I am their mother and so, I am.


16 The Redhead Riter May 15, 2012 at 8:08 am


A day late or a day early – what’s a day between friends 😉

I was so frustrated with BF because I had posted all kinds of Happy Mother’s Day stuff for everyone!!!

Yeah, I am definitely Turtle’s mother. LOL


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