To My Mother-in-law on Mother’s Day

Dear Susan,

Although I’ve known and loved you for years, I don’t think I ever FULLY appreciated you until I had a son of my own. Now, here I am with an almost two-year-old boy who is a splitting image of your son (also known as my husband).

I love your son more than ever because of the parent he is to our little boy. For that, I have you to thank. You were the first woman my husband ever loved and subsequently taught him how to love me and our son.

You held him in your arms when he cried and kissed him when he fell down and hurt himself. You cheered him on when he took his first steps and celebrated milestones with him. I am now doing the same with my own son, and every time any of this happens, my heart breaks a little.

I know time is fleeting and he will eventually grow up. I know he will one day find the love of his life and I will no longer be his whole world. I even know there is a very real possibility that he will move states away from me like your son did. I look at my baby boy and I honestly don’t know how you have managed all of that.

My baby boy is the most precious gift in the world to me. I know you must feel that way about your son. So, I just want to take this moment to thank you.

Thank you for all the sacrifices you made for your son. Thank you for all the lessons you taught him. Everything YOU did, is still felt today. You made an impact and helped to shape the future of our family. My son is going to be a better person in this world because of the way you raised his dad.

Thank you, Susan. I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

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