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Thanks, Mom!

Readers share the countless reasons they appreciate their mothers

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Honoring mothers, the women who've shaped our lives. — Getty Images

Pretty much all of us appreciate our mothers, but we might not always take the time to tell them how very wonderful they are. And that's why there is Mother's Day — an annual holiday that honors the women who've shaped our lives. To help celebrate, we asked members of our online community to share their letters of thanks to their moms. Here's a sampling of what we received:

Mom, you're a rock star

Thank you, mom, for being awesome. You always support my crazy ideas, even if some don't turn out like they should. Thank you for all your care packages while I was in the Navy, flying helicopters in Portland and, now, finishing school in Boise. They always put a smile on my face. I know we are far apart, but hope to see you soon. You are a rock star, momsey! —kg643

You will always be our "Mom of the Heart"

How did a girl who never had children of her own grow up to become such an amazing mother to so many people? You're a mom to your mother, moving her into your home to be sure she was well cared for and not alone in her final years; to the high school kids you teach tirelessly and with passion; to every sibling in your family, opening up your home to each of us every day, whether it's for a nightly home-cooked meal or a place to stay during challenging times; to our dad, though he's become even more critical and crotchety in his old age. You are even a mom to strangers, like the lady you met with her three children, one with severe special needs, at the local dollar store: You invited her to join you for a cup of coffee and dessert just because she needed a friend. You may not have ever had your own children, but you will always be our eternal "Mom of the Heart." Thank you, we love you. —jcprojectmanager54

You are my hero

Mother, my angel: I miss you so much, my heart hurts. I think about you every day with love and fondness. You taught me how to be a good person, how to be a good mother. You also taught me the importance of laughter and having fun. You are my hero. You were the one that helped me when I needed a shoulder to cry on or needed a loan. You never said no — never! I lived with you for four years, helping you after dad passed away. Then the next thing I knew, you were gone. I am devastated by your passing. There is such an emptiness in my life, I wonder if that will ever go away. This will be the first Mother's Day without you and probably my worst Mother's Day ever. I love you, mom, for ever and ever. —Sandy

Thanks for putting up with my foolishness

I would like to thank my mother for putting up with my foolishness during my growing-up years. I want to thank her for chasing me up the stairs with the broom when I said "shut up," knowing I was wrong. And I want to thank her for taking time to explain and teach me the way of the world and the rules of life: Be kind, say please and thank you, and do things for everyone, especially seniors, from my heart and not expect to be paid. Happy Mother's Day! —glomclif

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