Dear Mom: The Words We Wish Mom Could Hear

In honor of Mother's Day, we asked readers, What would you tell your mother if you could?

By Reader's Digest Editors from Reader's Digest Magazine, | June/July 2011

In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked readers, What would you tell your mother if you could?

Here’s a sampling of your answers:

I’m sorry. Thank you. I love you. Not necessarily in that order. Anna O’Connell, 45, Hollywood, Maryland

There is no point trying to make your recipes. We miss you so much, we can hardly swallow them. Diane Granic, 54, Westminster, Maryland

I wish I could tell my mother I’m sorry for being so hard on her. S. S., 53, Edmond, Oklahoma

You were honest, fair, and intelligent. It was not as much what you said as what you did. Dorothy Shapiro, 78, Liberty, New York

Please stop picking on everyone, especially Dad. Can’t you just let people be? S. H., Galveston, Texas

I’d like to tell my mother that I have two tattoos. She would flip out if she knew. Sheila Woodall, 42, Cornelia, Georgia

I admired your courage and tenacity during some really tough times. Connie W. Seals, 64, Tampa, Florida

Everything I am I owe to her. J. E., via Internet

I’d ask her whether I have become the mother, grandmother, and daughter she hoped I would be. Melinda Sanderson, 59, Oakville, Missouri

I wish I had gotten to know you better. Judith Francello, 64, Escondido, California

I forgive you for not being perfect. Joann Goldstein, Las Vegas, Nevada

Thank you for all the times you told me no and explained why. Sherry Barrett, 43, Carthage, Texas

The time you spend with your children and grandchildren is worth more than your dollars will ever be. Patty Melton, 56, Tulsa, Oklahoma

I would thank her for taking care of my children when they were little. I wish she could see them now. Deborah Benton, 58, Houston, Texas

I never understood why you made me eat beans every night. Nancy Santos, 45, Silver Spring, Maryland

What would you tell YOUR mom? Share your message by posting a comment below.

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  • Your Comments

    • Mojtaba Pina

      mother is gods hdygift that gires brightness happiness and joyfulness

    • Mojtaba Pina

      mother is gods hdygift that gires brightness happiness and joyfulness

    • JB

      I would tell her how much I love her every day and I would spend time getting to know all about her to answer the questions I find myself wondering now…..

    • Lynnes

      Wish you didn’t have to go so soon because now I have the means to  take you to Rome!!!

    • vince

      If i could, i would tell my mom that she is my hero – vince, pampanga philippines

    • Lcruickshank

      I’m sorry for any wrong i had caused you, but thank you for being a pillar of strength and light for me in my life! I will miss you sorely till the day i die and i hope to meet you in the hereafter to be with God happily forever in His Kingdom which is a more lasting and better home! In God’s will! I love you forever! Louise, 42, Fiji. 

    • naeem iqbal

       simply love you

    • Janie Floyd Hunter

      CB, you were the Greatest. I love you now and always. Thank you for all you did and helping with Desi, Christi and all the other grands.

    • corinne

      I wish that you were with us mom miss you oh so much  thanks for all that you did for me I love you mom signed your youngest daughter 

    • Kathie Beach

      I miss you so much.  Your imprint on my life is evidenced daily by the decisions I make, the things I say and do and how I say and do them.