You’re a shining example of how a mother should be. Though your humble nature would protest, I couldn’t think of a better way to thank you than to let the world see not only your outer beauty but also the ways you’re even more beautiful inside. I don’t have your gift of poetry but I hope this will do.
Happy Mother’s Day.
- To me, you’re all things lovely. Your beauty is like a spring flower in full bloom.
- But you’re also a rock for those of us who rely on your strength.
- You’re the epitomy of simplicity and I know no one else who wears it as well as you do.
- Your unspoken motto is family first; you’re loyal to those you love without being unreasonable. Thank you for the times you’ve seen right through my “I’m right” attitude and for respectfully pointing out the error of my ways.
- You’re never boastful, always quite content to let others shine. You’re a listener and not a talker. It’s part of what draws people to you–you’re a wellspring of other people’s secrets but they go no further. Trustworthiness and integrity are my biggest aspirations because, by example, you’ve taught me they’re the the best qualities a person can possess.
- You’re a private person, shy even. But to the lucky who are able to see all sides of you, your childlike playfulness is infectious.
- I’ve seen your fiery side, too. Yes, I know my sisters sparked your flames more than I did but I had my moments with you, too. I will never forget how much you loathed when I, as a teenager, would roll my eyes (unintentional, really!) as I got reprimanded by you. But as children a simple look from you would stop our nonsense. Was it fear you incited? No, it was respect. And you sure have that.
- You’re on par with most of us who don’t have a perfect life but your grace and patience ARE a study in perfection. How do you always manage to maintain a positive attitude and do the right thing when most of us struggle between right and wrong?
- You’re not only my mother but you’re also my good friend. I drink from your fountain of wisdom when I can find none from within. You’ve always prescribed sage advice, though it took years for me to realize this. Even now, whenever I would admit to yielding to my own poor judgment, it’s still music to my ears to hear words of encouragement. Thank you for never saying “I told you so”.
- You’re a mother, friend, cheerleader, counselor, therapist all rolled into one and each day I learn from you. And if people were to ever say, “You’ve turned into your mother” it would be all right by me. Thank you.
You were wondering why I asked about dessert yesterday. Here’s a carrot cake just for you. It’s simple, sweet and perfect…just like you. Love you.
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
* Cake adapted from America’s Test Kitchen and frosting from Joy of Cooking
For the Cake:
- 2 1/2 cups (12 1/2 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 pound carrots (6 to 7 medium), peeled and grated
- 1 1/2 cups (10 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed (3 1/2 ounces) light brown sugar (I used 3 ounces golden brown sugar)
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups safflower, canola, or vegetable oil.
- 8 ounces cold cream cheese
- 5 tablespoons softened butter
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- (Scant) two cups powdered sugar