Dear Ina,

First of all Happy Birthday! I feel like I should introduce myself. My name is Hali, and I’m dating  your son Alex. Honestly, you probably already knew that.

I just wanted to write you a quick message, and put it out there into the world, that I am extremely thankful to you. Thank you for raising your son the way you did when you were still here. Thank you for teaching him to respect women, to appreciate culture and to always try and be a better person.

I think we both know that he has struggled a bit since you have been gone. But I hope that if you and I work together we can help him move forward. Thanks again, I hope I can be good enough for him in your eyes.

– Hali