When you were 8 years old, your mom handed
ice cream. You thanked her by dripping it
When you were 9 years old, she paid for
lessons. You thanked her by never even
When you were 10 years old she drove
from soccer to football to one birthday
after another. You thanked her by
jumping out of
the car and never looking back.
When you were 11 years old, she took you
your friends to the movies. You thanked
asking to sit in a different row.
When you were 12 years old, she warned
to watch certain TV shows. You thanked
waiting until she left the house.
When you were 13, she suggested a
was becoming. You thanked her by telling
had no taste.
When you were 14, she paid for a month
summer camp. You thanked her by
write a single letter.
When you were 15, she came home from
looking for a hug. You thanked her by
bedroom door locked.
When you were 16, she taught you how to
car. You thanked her by taking it every
When you were 17, she was expecting an
important call. You thanked her by being
phone all night.
When you were 18, she cried at your high
graduation. You thanked her by staying
partying until dawn.
When you were 19, she paid for your
tuition, drove you to campus carried your
You thanked her by saying good-bye
dorm so you wouldn't be embarrassed in
When you were 25, she helped to pay for
wedding, and she cried and told you how
she loved you. You thanked her by
across the country.
When you were 50, she fell ill and
needed you to
take care of her. You thanked her by
the burden parents become to their
And then, one day, she quietly died. And
everything you never did came crashing
thunder on YOUR HEART.