You have been the most amazing role model to me; you have never steered me in the wrong direction, you allowed me to make my own mistakes without so much as an "I told you so." You afforded me the space to grow and learn for myself without ever being so far away that you weren't able to help when I needed you. You are my mom, my mentor, my strength, my number one fan and, most of all, my best friend. You have always been a constant force in an ever-changing life.
No matter the trials you were faced with in your own life, you always found the means to ensure my needs were met. To this day I cannot begin to imagine how you did it. Despite all your heartaches, worries and troubles, you never lost your kind nature, you never surrendered your tenderness or sacrificed your values. When my heart aches, you know exactly what to say to pick me up and bring me back to myself. Whenever I have felt like our world is caving in, and that I am falling apart, it is your strength and love that have kept me going.
I will always cherish the morning teatimes we spend together; the time we are able to relax into one another, to chat and catch up on all the goings on in our lives. I know that through your love, wisdom and friendship you have given me the ability to love unconditionally, to cherish every living creature and to treat them with the utmost respect and kindness. If I am able to grow to be half the woman that I see in you, I will consider my life a success.
I can say, with certainty, that without you by my side, I would not be the woman I am today. Everything I have achieved, I owe to you. You are my pillar of strength and my most trusted friend.
I love you once, I love you twice, I love you three times, I love you forever!
Your loving and eternally grateful daughter,