For a Day in May

I thank you first off
For how you nurtured me from the start,
And how you gave me life,
Wishing me happiness and health with all your heart.

I thank you for caring for me so well
In those first few years,
Giving me nothing but love,
While I only seemed capable
Of providing you with litres of tears.

And as I grew, you continued to teach me well.
How to act politely, eat healthfully,
And brush myself off when I fell.

For all those years of lullabies,
When you’d sing a little Red Balloon that flies.
It taught me how to hold my dreams tight,
And to pray to a star with all my might.

Now I use these lessons in the real world
To my advantage when problems are unfurled.
I thank you for preparing me
To the best of my ability.

I have learned from you
To stand up for what’s right when I can,
To fight my own battles,
And to never sacrifice my dreams
For just any man.

And since we’re on the topic,
Boys, you should thank my mother too.
Because she’s the reason
That I don’t take any lip from you,
Assert myself when needed,
And shine in that special way
You say I do.

So thank you, Mom,
For doing everything in your power
To make sure that I’m a strong girl,
And that I never cower.

I love you and don’t you forget,
Though I may yell and fight with you,
Saying things that I will soon regret.
Thank you for still loving me,
Even through my moody youth.
But for all of the rough times
There were a million better ones,
And we know that’s the truth.

You have been and are always going to be with me,
Then, now and inevitably when you have to leave.
So I hope I remain strong then,
And stand tall when I wipe my eye with my sleeve.

So although you will not always be physically near,
You will remain permanently in my heart,
And that I will always hold dear.

So thank you for always being there,
And letting my personality run free.
I hope my love is enough to give you,
A mother who has given everything to me.

I thank you first off
For how you nurtured me from the start,
And how you gave me life,
Wishing me happiness and health with all your heart.

I thank you for caring for me so well
In those first few years,
Giving me nothing but love,
While I only seemed capable
Of providing you with litres of tears.

And as I grew, you continued to teach me well.
How to act politely, eat healthfully,
And brush myself off when I fell.

For all those years of lullabies,
When you’d sing a little Red Balloon that flies.
It taught me how to hold my dreams tight,
And to pray to a star with all my might.

Now I use these lessons in the real world
To my advantage when problems are unfurled.
I thank you for preparing me
To the best of my ability.

I have learned from you
To stand up for what’s right when I can,
To fight my own battles,
And to never sacrifice my dreams
For just any man.

And since we’re on the topic,
Boys, you should thank my mother too.
Because she’s the reason
That I don’t take any lip from you,
Assert myself when needed,
And shine in that special way
You say I do.

So thank you, Mom,
For doing everything in your power
To make sure that I’m a strong girl,
And that I never cower.

I love you and don’t you forget,
Though I may yell and fight with you,
Saying things that I will soon regret.
Thank you for still loving me,
Even through my moody youth.
But for all of the rough times
There were a million better ones,
And we know that’s the truth.

You have been and are always going to be with me,
Then, now and inevitably when you have to leave.
So I hope I remain strong then,
And stand tall when I wipe my eye with my sleeve.

So although you will not always be physically near,
You will remain permanently in my heart,
And that I will always hold dear.

So thank you for always being there,
And letting my personality run free.
I hope my love is enough to give you,
A mother who has given everything to me.

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