If you tell me everything that is wrong with the world,
I will feel small and wonder why I should try.
But, if you show me how I can do anything if I work hard, I will do it with all my heart.
But, if you encourage me to try again, I will, and I will like myself for it.
If you tell me all the reasons I "can't," I will believe you.
Mother-in-law, thanks for loving me like I am yours. Thanks for always being there to help, always reminding me that hard work is hard-won worth. Thanks for being my friend.
Thank you both for teaching me how to mother by mothering me.
And thanks for still mothering this 32 year old woman who sometimes still feels small, scared, and unsure of herself.
I love you with all that I am.