By Akinwale Temitope
I love My Mom so very much. I was some months old before My Dad gave up the ghost, from then up to this stage, it has been My Mom. So she is my father and my guardian as well. I love you so very much mommy.
There’s no bond quite like that between mother and child. You know me in ways no one else ever will. You also see in me all the things I can still become and continue having faith that I can do and be whatever I want with God on my side. You are my biggest fan, my mentor, my confidant, my hero, my turn-to person when things get a little tough and the first person I call to tell when things are going super great. The comfort that comes from our friendship, the confidence that your faith in me instils, and your unquestioning support for whatever I do, is irreplaceable. The kind of there-for-me that you are is the very essence of what makes a great mother. I wear your unconditional love and support around me like a big hug every single day.
I am so blessed to have you in my life. I’ve always said it to my friends — you are my angel on earth. Thank you for always, always being at my side and having my back. I treasure you, mother, and love you more than life itself. You are a plain and an amazing soul ever ready to help others, always open to different opinions even that of your children, and so compassionate and kind. You have always taught by example. For being my #1 prayer warrior… for taking us on family vacations… for always putting others before yourself… For those quick financial loans I hardly pay back… for standing up for us when people hurt us… for teaching us the way of the Lord… for passing on your awesome caramel skin, dark hair, brown eye genes to me… for dropping whatever you are doing, no matter how important as long as one of us needs you…for investing in my future… for always thinking of ways to make me happy… for telling me I will succeed… for believing that I will succeed… for everything you do for my siblings, and me I say thank you. I love you so, so, so, so, so much, words cannot even begin to touch it. I respect you, admire you, look up to you, and adore you. I am SO grateful you are my mom, and I love you.
There’ll never be a day in my life when I won’t need you. I’m here for you too. Please remember that.