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There are many people in your life you are thankful for: Mom, Dad, siblings, cousins, best friends, teachers, neighbors, you name it. You are grateful to have people who constantly support you, who pick you up when you're down and love you unconditionally. But the one person who stands out among the rest of them is your grandma.
Ever since you were little, you and your grandma have always had a special connection. Going over to Grandma's house for the night was something you looked forward to. She knew how to entertain you at your best and worst moments. No matter what you did together, you loved it. Being with your grandma wasn't like being at home or with your parents – it was better. You went to the park, made cookies, went out to dinner, got a “sweet treat" at the mall, played Go Fish, took a bubble bath for as long as you wanted and got way too much dessert than you should have. You did things you weren't supposed to do, but Grandma didn't stop you. Because at Grandma's house there were no rules, and you didn't have to worry about a single thing. Being with Grandma was the true epitome of childhood. She let you be you. She always made sure you had the best time when you were with her, and she loved watching you grow up with a smile on your face.
The older you got, your weekend excursions with your grandma weren't as frequent, and you didn't get to see her as much. You became more and more busy with school, homework, clubs, sports, and friends. You made the most out of your time to see her, and you wished you could be with her more. Although you were in the prime of your life, she mattered even more to you the older you both became. You were with your friends 24/7, but you missed being with your grandma. When the time rolled around, and you got the chance to spend time with her, she told you never to apologize. She wanted you to go out, have fun and enjoy life the way it makes you happy.
Reflecting back on these moments with your grandma, you realize how truly special she is to you. There is no one who could ever compare to her nor will there ever be. All your life, there is no one who will be as sweet, as caring, as sincere or as genuine as her. Even though you're all grown up now, there are things about your grandma that never changed from when you were a kid. She still takes you out for your favorite meal because she knows how important eating out means to you. She writes you letters and sends you a $5 bill every now and then because she knows you're a hard-working college student with no money. She still helps you with all of your Christmas shopping because she knows it's your tradition. She still asks what's new with your young life because hearing about it makes her day and she still loves you to no end. Your grandma is your biggest blessing (whether you knew it or not), and she always will be no matter what.
I am forever grateful to the wonderful people who raised me and the things they have done for me in the last 18 years. That being said, as every relationship does, we have had many ups and downs together. The lows were very low, but the growth that comes from hard times have proven to be worth the struggles. My mom and I especially have always had a special bond and I feel so loved and lucky to have grown up with so much support by my side. This poem is a symbol of the love and growth that I feel I've had in the relationship with my mother in the past couple of years as she helped me through the pains of growing up. I believe that words like this are often needed as a reminder to keep going and to love ourselves as we push through life. Thanks, mom.
I hope it doesn't take you as long as it did for me.
To find yourself.
To find your purpose.
To find your passion.
That's when you'll really feel like you're living.
Don't let anyone take that journey of finding your passion from you.
Because what is a purpose without a passion?
You'll never find it through anyone but yourself.
To find peace within yourself is a gift from the universe and should be treated as such.
She will be giving you an opportunity, these are her gifts.
You've always been a lover.
Hardly ever a fighter.
Start fighting for what you love.
Go for what you want.
Stop worrying about everyone but yourself.
Continue to be generous and kind-hearted.
Strive to be a better person every day.
Do it all for yourself.
Let go of the toxic people and you will grow even more than you already have.
Put armor on to protect the heart you wear on your sleeve.
Because sometimes your the only one who sees it's there.
One day he will come.
He will lift the armor and protect your heart with his own.
I hope he will seem familiar.
I hope he is kind.
Supportive and understanding.
The one who stays from the start to the end.
The one who you don't lose yourself in, but grow with for the rest of forever.
I hope you find all this and more.
I hope I have raised you in such a way that you will see your strengths and worth.
When you leave my side.
When I am not there to hold your hand.
I hope you know, you are strong enough.
You are wise enough.
You can do it.