I see you every day, though you don’t know I’m watching. I know how hard you work to make sure I have everything I need. At home, we all play games, bake cakes or watch TV. Sometimes, we do colouring, paint or play outside. We go on days out to lovely places. We go on holiday too and have such a fantastic time, just being together as a family.
I know you look after the pets and the house and garden, cook for us, clean, tidy and do our washing. I know that when we’re poorly, we ask for you and you’re always there. You hardly ever go out without us and I know you sometimes wish you could. I know you have to work as well as looking after us, and that you’re still working when we’re fast asleep in bed.
I know that when things get difficult, you just work harder. I saw you mending a fence, cutting down a tree and fixing the heating. And I woke up and found you working in the early hours of the morning so that we could have a nice present for Christmas.
But mum, I hear as well as see you. And I know the way you feel. I’m there when you say you’re sad about the way you look, you wish you had time to do your hair, wear make-up or lose some weight. I hear you speak about how this might affect me when I’m older. You don’t want me to feel ugly like you do.
I sense when you are sad too, and when you feel like you haven’t done enough. I know you think you’ve failed if we’ve stayed at home all day. Or if our food isn’t all that healthy with no veggies on our plates.
So mum, I want to tell you that none of it matters. You are a good mum, the very best and I wouldn’t change a thing. I love you staying with us, but you shouldn’t feel guilty about going out, you deserve to have fun too. And I love the extra presents, but you don’t have to work so hard, we could go without, we really don’t need much.
And mum, stop worrying about how you look, to me you are beautiful. Take time to do your hair if it makes you feel better, I can wait. Or put on some make-up but you know you don’t need to. And don’t worry about me feeling ugly too, because I never will. You do everything you can for me and I know I am the centre of your universe. And that makes me feel beautiful. I am confident, happy and the world is at my fingertips.
The days when you worry we haven’t done enough or we’ve eaten the wrong things, I’ve got a secret to tell you about those. I love them. I love to be cuddled up at home on the sofa, staying in my onesie or pyjamas all day. I enjoy eating chips or pizza sometimes too, it’s nice to have a treat.
Mum, I am too little to explain to you every day how much I love you. I don’t know how to show you how grateful I am to you for all you do. So instead, I’ll keep on growing, learning and becoming the person you know I can be. And when I’m big you’ll see what a good job you have done. But for now, I just wanted to remind you that you are a good mum, the very best.