An Open Letter To The Mother Who Raised Me On Her Own

An Open Letter To The Mother Who Raised Me On Her Own

Thank you for giving me a life I am thankful for every single day.

You had to become an adult while you were still a kid, and you had to take on far too many responsibilities. You were forced to do something that is difficult for most to do; be selfless and not selfish. You set aside your dreams in order to make mine come true, and always put me first no matter what. Having a child so young is a strenuous task, and you had to do it without a significant other. You have acquired strength that is incomprehensible, and inspires me each and every day. The beauty you possess is shown not only through your looks, but within your heart. The light in your eyes and your laugh lights up every room you walk into, and is contagious. I sometimes ponder over how much you’ve gone through, and am in awe that somehow you are still able to smile through all of the pain. But then I realize that nothing will ever have the power to break you down. From your guidance, I learned that times will get tough, but sometimes you just have to breathe, put one foot in front of the other and always keep moving forward. So with that being said:

Thank you.

Thank you for your unconditional love and support.

Thank you for showing me that grace, and a good heart is what makes someone special.

Thank you for being hard on me even when you didn’t want to, because in the end it will only help me survive in this great, big world.

Thank you for comforting me while I cried so hard I felt like I couldn’t breathe, and reminding me that you will always be there for me.

Thank you for putting my happiness above yours, and always making sure that I am OK.

Thank you for never forcing me to do anything I didn’t want to do, and for letting me create my own path in life to follow.

But, most of all, thank you for making sacrifices in order to give me such a full, and wonderful life.


A daughter who would be lucky to be half the mother that you are

Cover Image Credit: Courtney Gutkowski

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Sorry, not sorry.


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There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

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Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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