Mom, I owe you for so many things, a lot of services, like night watchman for instance, for lying awake nights listening for coughs, cries, creaking floorboards and me coming in too late. You had the eye of an eagle, the roar of a lion, but you always had a heart as big as a house
I owe you for services as a short order cook, chef, baker, for making sirloin out of hamburger, turkey out of tuna fish and two big ol' strapping boys out of leftovers
I owe you for cleaning services, for the daily scrubbing of face and ears all work done by hand and for the frequent dusting of a small boys pants to try to make sure that he led a spotless life. For drying the tears of childhood and for Ironing out the problems of growing up
I owe you for services as a bodyguard, for protecting me from the terrors of thunderstorms and nightmares, and too many green apples
And, Lord knows, I owe you for medical attention, for nursing me through measles, mumps, bruises, bumps, splinters and spring fever. And let's not forget medical advice either, Important things like, "don't scratch it or it won't get well", "If you cross your eyes they're gonna stick like that!" And probably, most Important of all was," be sure you got on clean underwear boy, in case you're in an accident."
And, I owe you for veterinarian services, for feeding every lost dog that I dragged home at the end of the rope and for healing the pains of puppy love.
I owe you for construction work, for building kites, confidence, hopes and dreams and somehow you made em all touch the sky. I owe you for carrying charges, for carrying me on your books for the necessities of life that a growing boy just gotta have. Things like a pair of high top boots with a little pocket on the side for a jackknife
And one thing, Mom, I will never ever forget when there were two pieces of apple pie left and three hungry people I noticed that you were the one who suddenly decided that you really didn't like apple pie in the 1st place.
These are just a very few of the things for which payment is long overdue, the person I owe em to worked very cheap. She managed by simply doing without a whole lotta things that she needed herself
My I.O.U.'s add up to much more than I could ever hope to repay But you know the nicest thing about it all is that, I know that she'll mark the entire bill paid in full for just one kiss and four little words...Mom, I love you!