Dear Mama, A Love Letter on Valentine’s Day

Dear Mama,

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love. Love for your spouse, love for your kids, your friends, your family, your life. But for us, it is a day to celebrate YOU. So, we want to tell you just a few of the reasons why we love you.

You wear all the hats, and you wear them well. You are a mama, wifey, sister, friend, aunt, colleague, boss, daughter. Your face alone completely lights up someone else’s life. Your laugh sparks immediate joy. You are loved quite simply because you’re you.

You are the only one who kisses the boo-boos just right. Your squeeze hugs are the best remedy, and your rendition of “You Are My Sunshine” can comfort the saddest of souls. You are the only one who can make everything better, just by being you.

You are selfless. You love your people something fierce, and nothing will get in your way of ensuring their life’s every happiness. You sacrifice for their peace. Your body, your mind, your thoughts, your SLEEP, relationships, you time, the list goes on, all of these things are subject to sacrifice for the sake of your loved ones. You don’t squawk one bit. You know that by putting in the time now, you’re doing your part to raise up good little humans. And for that, we’re grateful.

You wonder how you’re doing. You ask yourself “is that normal?” more times a day than you can count, and you wonder how other moms are handling situations in their homes. The meltdowns, the napstrikes, the sudden newfound food aversions. You’re worried if everyone in your family is eating or sleeping enough. If you’re eating and sleeping enough. (The answer is almost certainly, NO, you’re not.) You’re thinking about that bottle of wine and whether it was really necessary last night. (The answer is almost certainly, YES, it was.)

We are here to remind you that no one can Mom quite like you can. You’re doing an amazing job.

You wonder if you’re working enough, or too much. If you could be doing more for your clients or more at home. You wonder if you’re contributing enough time, money, energy to the people that need you. We are again here to tell you, YOU ARE. You are hustling and bustling for yourself AND your family, and that is something you should be so incredibly proud of. You are valued, needed, revered. You show up when it matters most, you are reliable and steadfast.

You have fears and insecurities, but you are confident in your skin. Even on the days when you’re riddled with doubt, you are a badass. You are filled with strength and grace, so much, all at the same time. You are a soft place to land, and also tough as nails. You handle any curveballs life throws your way — you take it in stride, and -almost always- with a smile.

You are a role model, a teacher, and a guide. You are wonderful and wise. You are Love. You are the only one who can do what you.

Wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day, Love.

XO, Your Milk Shoppe

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