Lessons from Mom: Our Heartfelt Thanks to Mom on Mother's Day

Photo by: Molly Golden
"We weren't like other mothers and daughters who bickered. I didn't have a rebellious phase, because you were always my best friend. Other kids thought it was strange that I'd ... more 
Photo by: Molly Golden
"We weren't like other mothers and daughters who bickered. I didn't have a rebellious phase, because you were always my best friend. Other kids thought it was strange that I'd rather stay home and watch Lifetime movies with you than go to school dances, but you were more fun. I remember when it was Backward Day in fifth grade, and you drove backward for six blocks to school. We laughed so hard our stomachs hurt. That's the kind of fun and quirky mom you were.

Today, I want to thank you for being a fantastic mother and for teaching me to love fearlessly, with my entire heart and soul." -- Molly Golden
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Mon, May 6, 2013 6:02 PM EDT

Mom taught you to love fearlessly, to value creativity, to smile through the tough times, and to look inside for true beauty. She was your example for independence, strength, patience, and humor. And most importantly, she showed you unconditional love. Whether she taught you how to read, how to fight an illness, or how to build a fire, these lessons from a mother are simply priceless to a daughter. Motherhood is often a thankless job, so we asked Shine readers to share their gratitude for all of the sacrifices Mom made and for all of the lessons she bestowed on you along the way. Here are their heartfelt "thanks" to Mom on Mother's Day.
-- Ali Swank