9 Thank Yous For My Mum On Mother’s Day

A message for my mum on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is almost here and I have so very much to be thankful for when it comes to my mum.

A wonderful lady who raised three children on her own with very limited help, emotionally and financially, from my ‘father’.

I could go out and blow a fortune on presents for her this Mother’s Day, but like most mothers, all my mum has ever wanted is appreciation and to see her children flourish.

Whilst the three of us couldn’t be more different if we tried, she loves us all equally, even when we haven’t deserved it.

So this is for you on Mother’s Day mum, and just a few of the reasons why I’m forever grateful and thankful I’ve had you on my side.

Being a proper parent

Thank you for teaching me how to be a man when dad turned out to be a bigger bitch than we ever could have imagined.

For dealing with the fall out of his neglect and never giving up on me regardless of how far off the rails I had gone.

I know I wasn’t easy to deal with at the time, but you stood strong, understood what I was going through whilst being strong enough to not allow me to use it as an excuse to extend being a dick any further than it needed to go.

Sibling wins

Thank you for giving me a ginger brother, so when you had saved like crazy all year to take us to Greece, we had to go in late September on my birthday to make sure he wouldn’t fry.

Frivolous fashion requests

Apologies for being unrealistic when it came to footwear.

Seems you were right all along, those £150 Rockport boots I mithered day and night for wouldn’t have fit me in six months time after all.

Thank you for teaching me that money doesn’t grow on trees and if I really want something so bad, to get off my arse and work for it.


Thank you for skipping meals, sometimes only managing to eat something small once a day to make sure there was enough to provide for us.

For wearing the same clothes year on year to make sure we always looked smart and had nice stuff to wear.

When I found out about this it broke my heart to know that you had to go to such lengths for us in order to survive.

You’re an incredible woman.

Embarrassing jobs

Thank you for telling me to Foxtrot Oscar when I came out of school to find you were our new lollipop lady and insisted you quit immediately to stop embarrassing me.

You were right again, it did help to put food on the table and pay the bills.

It also taught me that no job is beneath anyone, if you can do it then crack on, feelings don’t pay the bills.


You always said you felt guilty that I grew up too quickly.

In actual fact, making me the assistant manager of JT Incorporated made me who I am today.

I have always been fiercely ambitious and independent and it was down to you, something you should be proud of, not sorry for.

Work ethic

Thank you for sitting down with me and working out your finances, realising you’d be much better off staying at home on benefits, but instead choosing to do a college course that would fit around your three jobs to enable you to earn more money and get your time back with us.

That sort of example is why I work 70 hours a week in order to earn my time back and retire early on a passive income.

Finding myself

I’m sorry for being a reckless, drunk idiot, I was dealing with my sexuality.

Unbeknown to you, your unwavering patience was what got me through it and saw me to the other side.

But, you ended up with a fourth son in PK, so at least something good came from it eventually!

Thank you for keeping the faith.

For always being there

I’ve got to the ripe old age of 35 and if I need help, advice or a shoulder to cry on, you’re still the first person I call, more importantly, you’re always there to take it.

I may be biased, but I have the BEST mum you could ever ask for.

Happy Mother’s Day mum!

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