Thank you for teaching us how to ride a bike, play an instrument, put on a puppet show, eat at the table, behave at a wedding and survive school.
Thank you for embarrassing us at every pre-dance photo shoot, birthday party and graduation.
Thank you for driving us to dance class and/or football, regardless of our sex, because you know that makes us happy regardless of societal expectations.
Thank you for not judging us when we went through that emo/scene/valley girl/hipster/cowboy/Lady Gaga phase.
Thank you for making fun of our tattoos, hair color, piercings, make-up and clothes all the while letting us know that we are loved no matter what our appearance may be.
Thank you for waking up at 2am to pick us from a party because we were irresponsible and could not drive.
Thank you for not saying “I told you so” when that significant other you warned us about finally broke our hearts.
Thank you for loving us unconditionally when we were drunk, depressed or simply disappointing.
Thank you for teaching us how to own up to our mistakes, learn from them, and then move on as bettered people.
Thank you for helping us construct our wings, and once we had taken off, for letting us know that we can always come back to the nest for a quick tune-up.
Thank you for giving us these amazing lives and the freedom to pursue that which impassions us.
Thank you for telling us that no job is to be defined as “masculine” and that no glass ceiling is too thick for a woman to break through.
Thank you for insisting that RESPECT is not simply an Aretha Franklin song, but a non-negotiable foundation of any relationship.
Thank you for explaining that consent is a must, and not an option.
Thank you for fighting for us when our voices were silenced and/or violated.
Thank you for teaching us that everyone deserves to be loved despite race, gender, sexuality, religion, weight, height, education status, nationality or ethnicity.
Thank you for teaching us that we are worthy of love and how to love ourselves.
Finally, thank you for nurturing us to be the wise, loved, patient, tolerant, well-rounded, feminist, respectful, accepting people that we are.