Vol. 4, No. 1 Fall 1999
Note to Mama
by Diane Wolf
Today, as I was forced out of bed by two hungry cats, a train
whistle, and my child staring at me, as to say, “How dare you
lie there past sunrise?” I realized how great you are! I took
my life for granted until I looked through the eyes of others
less fortunate. I could never say thank you for all you have done
for me, but I’m going to try.
you for the years of girl scouts, cookie sales, and summers
at camp. Thank you for washing and folding my clothes.
Thank you for making sure I always had clean dishes to eat off
of. Thank you for preparing three great meals a day.
Thank you for remembering that I liked the crust trimmed off
my sandwiches and I didn’t like mustard.
Thank you for bringing my thermos full of Kool-Aid to school
(when I forgot it) because you knew how much I hated milk. Have
I ever told you that you made the best Kool-Aid?
Thank you for taking me to every sleepover I was ever invited
Thank you for spray painting my dance shoes to match my costumes,
year after year.
Thank you for letting me cry on your shoulder every time I “got
dumped” and for telling me Mr. Right would come along some day.
You were right, he did!
Thank you for trusting me when I wanted to go out with my friends,
when I didn’t trust myself.
Thank you for giving me three great sisters to fight with, share
clothes with, and learn from.
Thank you for staying in love with our daddy and keeping our
Thank you for having a gentle voice when I needed it and a stern
voice when I needed it.
Thank you for not buying me everything I ever wanted so I could
appreciate what I had.
Thank you for family vacations and family portraits.
Thank you for teaching me about trust, forgiveness, honesty,
secrets, laughter, and friendship.
I love you so much for all you have given me and I hope to pass
on all these things so my children will know how much you loved
Diane Wolf is a foster and adoptive parent. She lives in Wake County.
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