An Open Letter To My Mother

To My Mother (Lucienne Angol)

“Honor ……………….. your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” -Exodus 20:12


To the woman that gave me birth on March 30,1992 on the beautiful islands of St.Thomas I love you. I have always loved you from the moment I first laid eyes on you. I never questioned your loved for me even when I was younger and you would not let me talk to boys on the phone or have a boyfriend. I know now that every rule you had for me as a child was there for a reason. Today I am 24 years old and I am not a statistic. I was not a teenage mother nor did I ever get arrested. I was raised by a beautiful single mother who worked two jobs to make sure that I had everything that I could ever ask for. I don’t think there was a time that you ever told me “sorry but we can’t afford it”. You always told me that you would find a way for me to have what ever I needed. One day I will become a mother and I will raise my children just like you raised me.


I remember being around 7 years old and I wanted these Barbie princess shoes and you got them for me and I walked right out of the store with them on as you laughed. That is a memory I will always remember. No matter what you always made sure that you made it to each and everyone of my graduations.You work so hard to make sure that I got a college education not one but two degrees. When I told you that I wanted to go to London for graduate school you weren’t very happy and that was the first time you ever told me no.


I didn’t understand why you didn’t want me to further my education but in the end of course you helped me get there and supported me through out my entire graduate degree journey. Even though we did not speak as much for the past year and a half because of the time difference and you not knowing how to use your phone I never once felt like you did not love me. I always tell you how much I love you and appreciate you. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about you and how hard you work. Your unconditional love for your children is what makes me work so hard so you can stop working one day. I am finally finished with school after 6 long years of being in college.


2017 is the year you get to kick up your feet and relax. I am finally going to be able to take care of you. You are my mother, the one person in the world that I know that will always love me. Your sacrifices have not gone unnoticed.  Others may take you for granted but I will always love you until the end of time. Coming home is always hard for me because I hate leaving you. I just wish I could put you in my pocket but I know you hate living in the states and the island life is your life.


As I look back at my childhood I realized that we’ve had a lot of great moments together. I remember one December I wanted an iPod touch. You told me you will think about it. One Saturday night you went to your works Christmas party and I stayed home and watched tv. I ended up falling asleep while waiting for you. You finally came home and woke me up and say look what I won at the Christmas party…. sigh I wanted the scarf. I opened the box and it was an iPod touch. Well if that wasn’t God. Your faith in the Lord carried over to me and I am eternally grateful that I was raised in the faith.

The love you have for the Lord has blessed our family for years. You thought me how to pray in the good times and the bad. You thought me that God is always watching over us.I will raise my children in the faith as I was raised.

To my mother who I love more than all the words in all the books in all the world. Thank you for everything you have done for me. It’s finally my time to repay you. I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you.

You are the most caring person I know and because of you I am the same person. You always forgive people no matter how wrong the have done you and I have that trait. You are my super hero and my everything. I am so happy that I made you proud. The smile that you make when you introduce me to people that you know  and say ” thats my daughter”  work hard every day. Mom thank you !

Love Always,

Karlene A.


Author: Karly Shenell

Hello my name is Karly and I am 25 years old. I was born and raised on the beautiful island of St.Thomas but I currently live in Dallas, Texas.

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