Cindy Ikari
Dear Benson and Daria,

My whole life, I knew I wanted to be a mommy. Having you both has been the best thing I have done with my life. I wanted you both so very much. Everyday I wake up to you two, I feel so lucky and grateful. Even when you frustrate me, or I frustrate you, know that I love you more than anyone or anything in the world.

When I met your Daddy, everyone thought we were too old to have kids. I was 32 and Daddy was 39. I told him as soon as we started dating that I wanted kids one day.

I liked your Daddy immediately. He has always been so kind and fun. He loves to play games. We met at a game store when I was looking for parsley at the grocery store for Thanksgiving dinner. Our first official date was a Saturday right after Halloween. Your dad took me to Joey Tomatoes and we ate so much! We played Magic the Gathering (Daddy won) afterwards, and I knew we would be a great pair.

Your Daddy is my best friend. He never makes fun of my weirdness, like my Hello Kitty collection. He is a truly kind person and we are all so lucky to have him. Before we had you, I got really sick and your Daddy would have to help me shower. I would have to hold onto the wall while your Daddy scrubbed me. I would even sometimes throw up on your Daddy. He never ran away or got mad. I knew he loved me because he stuck with me at my worst.

We love you both so much. When we are all together, we are the happiest. Daria always says, “one is missing,” when someone is gone. We love taking you places together like the H2O or the park. People have told us we look like a perfect little family. I agree.

Thank you so much for being my kids. I love you everyday and you are the reason I feel like I am a lucky person. No matter what happens or where you go, know that I am so proud of you. You are my precious babies forever.

Love, Mommy