Today is your birthday. I wish you all the best and a joyful day full of fun and laughter. I love you and accept you as you are always. You are my mother, a wife, an aunt, a sister, and a daughter to many. To others, you are a friend, a co-worker, or some other label.
We will never be traditional mother and daughter. You don’t always like to admit having a full grown daughter, let alone one like me. That’s okay too. I forgive you for all that has happened between us. I forgive myself for sometimes hating what happened to both of us. Hate only gives me heartburn…but pockets still exist and need to be released.
I used to shudder and sleep through nightmares on your birthday – living in remembered fear of the past. Now, I celebrate your special day with unconditional love and acceptance. I hope some day you will accept me as I am too.