I've been trying to write this for over 8 years.
Time and time again I would set my pen to paper and try to write it out, time and time again it would never be good enough.
Crinkled up papers, throw away.
I could never find the right set of words.
Today, I realized something. There aren't words.
All I have is a smile. That is the best way to capture it.
When I think of all that you have done for me, of all the hardship you put up with. Of all the ridicule, the mockery, of how much you have been taken for granted.
And how time and time again, you took it all with a simple smile of grace.
A smile is all I can offer you.
But know that it is a true smile. It comes from my heart. It's something that I cant stop, because I know that it is true, I know that your honesty is real.
I have been blessed so much more than I deserve, you are one of my greatest blessings.
I wish somehow that I could repay you, but in these 8 years I have learned that there is not word or deed to even come close to what you have given.
In these 8 years, I have learned that all I can give is a heart of gratitude, expressed in a smile.