To my single mom, from your child who is super proud of you

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I used to think that my life would've been better if I had a dad, but after all that we've been through, I'm happy that it's just the both of us.

Hey mom,

It's not easy for me to say this, but back when I was much younger, I used to be angry at you for being a single mother.

Every time there was an activity at school, I would get jealous of all my classmates since they had both of their parents with them. I was embarrassed to be the kid with the single parent in school. Sometimes, you weren't even able to make it, so grandpa and grandma had to be the one to be there, especially during PTA meetings.

I'm really sorry that I felt that way, I didn't even stop and think about how difficult it was for you to be away from me, but because you had to work so that you can earn money, you sacrificed a lot just so I can go to a good school and have all of the things that I wanted.

You gave me life

As I grew older, I started to realize just how hard everything was for you. All those times that you came home late at night, tired, and I didn't even bother to give you a hug or to kiss you. I was so caught up in having a "real" family, that I failed to realize that you, and grandpa and grandma were my family. It's not a "traditional" family, but all of you loved me, and took care of me.

I want you to know that I'm very proud of you, and I'm sorry if I hurt you by being stubborn.

I love you. Through all that we've been through, you were always the one who stood by me, took care of me, gave me everything I need, and you were the one who gave me life.

I wouldn't be here right now if it wasn't for you, and I hope you know that.

All of the things that I have right now, I owe them all to you, and I hope that I can give back all of the love that you gave me. Now that you're older, I want to be the one to take care of you and make you feel happy and loved. It's the least I could do for the way I treated you when I was younger.

I love you mom, and I'm super proud to be called your son.

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