I don't think I'm capable to wrap up how much you mean to me in one simple letter. There is no possible way. But, for the sake of letting you know my infinite appreciation of all that you mean to me, I am going to try.
Mom, you mean the world to me. I am so grateful for all of the hundreds of things you do for me on a daily basis. I take that so much for granted. You do so much not only for the whole family, but for demonstrating a quiet heart and working with what we have. You have made living at home easy, and being around you fun.
I cannot count the times where my friends have told me that they have "The best Mom ever." I have had to hold myself down so many times not to correct them that they are dead wrong. You have sacrificed so much just to see me happy, and I wish I would have realized what a treasure you are to me long before now.
I remember walking downstairs to a big delivery of chicken that had to be cut and frozen one night before bed. It was a large amount and it would take you a long time to get it all done. Normally I would have thought: "That's mom's job!" But, for the first time in my life, I turned and started cutting the chicken even though I hate raw meat, simply because I would have a chance to visit with you.
That's when I realized that you were my Very Best Friend. You had been there all along.
When I would tear up after coming home from an event because I felt like I didn't have any friends, you would give me the biggest hug and say: "But Cherise, I am your friend." Those words will be forever engraved in my mind.
Mom, you constantly drop what you're doing to be with me for shoots; watch me during shows; drive me to castings; and hop on a plane to New York. I cannot describe how much this means to me. You are the best friend I could have to put your life on hold for me. You've always been supportive of me as a model and you believed in me from the start.
One day I can only hope to repay you with as much as you've invested in me.
When I am feeling depressed or in a low spot, you always turn everything around and give me a new perspective. You always point out how the Lord is using this situation to grow me in whatever area, and how I can be content currently. You never let me walk away worse than I came to you.
You are continually thinking of me. Coming home with surprises either 'just because' or presenting me a gift and saying "This will help you because..." and then telling me why you thought of me. I am so thankful for the little things, that didn't end up being so little.
Mommy, I can brag on you because you are not in any way, shape, or form a moody mom. You never grumble, pout, complain. Never sulk, stomp, or whine. You bear your burden by keeping a quiet heart, and smiling through whatever you were going through when I was a kid, and oblivious.
I can not thank you enough for believing in me, being there for me, loving me anyway, understanding me, talking with me for hours, and being my Mother.
I am so indescribably thankful and grateful to call you that.
Happy Mother's Day, to my Very Best Friend.