Today is my birthday and it is the first birthday I have spent far away from home. I miss you very much.
A few days ago, we learned a poem and discussed the famous line "You don't know what you've got until it's gone." Miss Li told us that her primary school teacher made a huge difference in her life. She told us how her teacher encouraged her. But she mentioned that she didn't have a chance to tell her. She was sad about this. This made me think a lot, especially when I'm thousands of kilometers away from home. I am writing you this letter because I want you to know much I love you.
A friend once said that a person's happiness was mostly because of their childhood. I agree with her. I still remember the times when you held my hand and counted steps with me as we walked along. You told me stories about the brave elephant and encouraged me to be a confident girl. I also remember that in our small flat, you read books at your desk and I played with my toys on the bed nearby. In cool autumns, we took many walks along the street, chatting and laughing together. My childhood was filled with these warm memories. Now, I see what an influence you're had on my life.
Time flies and so much has happened. There have been good times and bad times, successes and failures, but you were always by my side. When I won the swimming prize, you smiled and said you were proud of me. When I failed my maths exam, you encouraged me and said that everything would be fine. Your words encouraged me to deal with all my difficulties. Now when I have problems, I always think of your words and they help me so much.
You have always said that we should judge people's success by how they live their lives every day. I think I'm living a successful life and it's all because of you. Thank you, Mum.