Kit Steinkellner
May 10, 2015 11:00 am

Mother’s Day is traditionally about children celebrating the moms and mother figures in their lives, but sometimes moms like to turn the tables and make the holiday ALSO about the kids that made them mothers in the first place!

Such is the case with Beyoncé’s mom Tina Knowles Lawson, who took a moment to share with TIME a love letter to her girls Beyoncé, Solange, Kelly, and Angie. As she explains, “I gave birth to two of you, but I have four incredible daughters.”

She goes on to thank her girls for all they do for her:

“When I’m feeling sad or not-so-cute or maybe a little sorry for myself, and you all include me in your group chat and tell me how hot I still look or how cool I am. Maybe you send me a crazy YouTube video. What actually works best is a cute photo of my grandchildren.”

And she thanks them for taking care of her when she needed care the most:

“I remember slumber parties after my divorce, when we watched old movies and ate a lot of ice cream. I felt so loved and supported. The roles were reversed, and it was ME who needed nurturing.”

She praises each of her girls in her letter, and she has beautiful words for each of her daughters, but we were particularly touched by her note to Beyonce:

“Beyoncé, I wish people could see how you are when you’re not in front of the camera or on the stage. How compassionate and kind you are to people, how you look them right in the eye when you speak to them. How hard you work, how generous you are with your time and money. How you don’t care if anyone knows about it because you do it from the heart. I wish they could see you with the Make-A-Wish Foundation kids, how patient you are and how your love has helped to extend lives. Yes, you are a huge star, but you have somehow managed to stay grounded and humble in the wake of all your success.”

Oh Mama Knowles, no WONDER your girls turned out amazing, look who they have for a mom! We love, love, love this sweetheart letter and highly recommend you guys head over to TIME and read it in full. 

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