To The People Who Made Me The Person I Am Today

To The People Who Made Me The Person I Am Today

All the things I don't want you to forget while I'm away


Dear Mom,

Yes, I do miss you. It's hard being so many miles away from my best friend. Not hearing "you and your mom are twins," once a week gets a little weird. I miss our lunch dates and I miss being able to yell "mom!" a million times from upstairs before you can hear me.

Being at school is hard, especially being so far away from you.

I try not to let my anxiety get the best of me but when it does I have to be ok with a phone call from you to calm me down. And that's definitely harder than you coming to talk to me in person. I remember when I was younger I would get annoyed when you would call every hour asking me what I was doing.

But now the roles are reversed and I even call to tell you I can't find my favorite leggings. Knowing there's no way you could possibly know where they are.

I'm learning to do everything on my own now. No, my room isn't clean all the time and sometimes I forget about my laundry that was in the washer. Since I'm growing up I know that sometimes you think I don't need you anymore, and sometimes I might act like it. But you'll forever be my go-to person.

Dear Dad,

I can't tell you how much I miss watching football with you every Sunday. Sunday's are now taken up by mostly homework and little football.

Even though you hate when I call and the first thing I say is "there's something wrong with my car," I know you love it at the same time.

Being this far away it teaches you a lot about what you miss from home. I miss our inside jokes cause let's be honest when I try to explain them to my friends they look at me like I have multiple heads. It's different getting advice from a phone call rather than you coming to my room to help me through my problems but it'll have to do for now.

Even though you get mad at me when I don't always answer my phone when you call you to have to remember that I'm busy too and it isn't on purpose.

I always look back on the times when I was little and we would hang out every day. Although that's not the case anymore (and I know we both wish it was) I'll forever be your little girl and our bond is unbreakable.

But most importantly, someday I'm going to look back and be able to say these were the best years of my life. You are the ones that made that possible.

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Dear Mom,

Do you remember when I was three and we would play together?

It was the age of princesses and carpet that was actually lava, and you were the prettiest woman in the whole wide world. Do you remember when I was in high school and the world seemed too big and scary? You would know exactly when to take me on a mother-daughter date and have me laughing about anything and everything, and you were the smartest woman in the whole wide world.

Now, I'm buried in homework and deadlines hours away from you and we don't get to talk as much you want, but you're still the prettiest, smartest woman in the whole wide world.

I'm sorry that I don't call you as much as I should, and you know a lot of what goes on in my world via posts and pictures. Our schedules just seem to never line up so we can have the three-hour conversations about everything like I want to. I know we don't agree on absolutely everything, but I cherish every piece of advice you give me, even though it probably seems like I'm hardly listening.

I know that sometimes we get on each other's nerves, but thank you for putting up with me for all of these years. Thank you for listening to me cry, complain, question things and go on and on about how everything in college is. I know I don't come home as much as I used to, but I think about you all the time. After all, you're my first friend, and therefore, my best friend.

Thank you for celebrating my successes with me, and not downing me too hard for my failures. Thank you for knowing what mistakes I shouldn't make, but letting me make them anyway because you want me to live my life and be my own person. Thank you for knowing when to ask about the boy I've been talking about, and when to stop without any questions. Thank you for letting me be my crazy, weird, sometimes know-it-all self.

Thank you for sitting back and watching me spread my wings and fly. There is no way I could have known how to grow into the woman I am today if I hadn't watched you while I was growing up so I would know what kind of person I should aspire to be. Thank you for being the first (and the best) role model I ever had. You continue to inspire and amaze me every day with all that you do, and all that you are.

I don't know how I got so lucky to have a person in my life like you, but I thank the Lord every night for blessing me with the smartest, prettiest person to be my best friend, my role model, my confidant, my person and most importantly, my mother.


Your daughter

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Your Relationship With Your Parents Changes Over Time, Here's Why

Four ways in which your relationship with your parents change from age eighteen to twenty-two.


Over spring break I had time to think about all the different ways in which my relationship with my parents has changed throughout college. We've definitely had our ups and downs, but as graduation grows closer, I take time to note how far we have come. From freshman to senior year of college I have undergone a drastic change in how I appreciate my parents.

At eighteen, I wanted to get as far away from my parents as possible. I was going to college in order to be independent, study, and hopefully make a career for myself. Nothing could stop me and no one could give me advice. I was stubborn and hungry to explore the new life that awaited me. I didn't realize how hard it would be being on my own for the first time ever. I had never even been to camp let alone moved to a different state not knowing a single soul. I was happy for the new opportunities but quickly realized how much I had been sheltered. Initially, I resented my parents for my little life experience going into college but as the years have passed I realized I can't be so immature to put my lack of knowledge on them. As an adult I now make things work and advocate for myself. Your struggles as an individual humble you so you can come back together better and stronger than before.

Here are some ways in which the relationship between you and your parents change:

1. You don't live together 24/7, so you appreciate time spent with them.

When you're not sharing a space with your parents and they are not there to nag at you about chores, you finally get to know them as people. As an adult yourself you begin to relate to them in ways that weren't possible in childhood.

2. You realize what is worth fighting over and what is not.

You have learned how to live on your own and set boundaries. As an adult, you come back home knowing what can be improved upon within the relationship and what are things you can let go.

3. You have experience with adulthood now and can understand how really great they are.

Adult struggles are real and now as someone older and wiser, you have experienced a great many. You then begin to realize how your parents took on all these responsibilities plus the responsibility of raising/providing for you. You don't know how they did it, but suddenly you're mad at sixteen-year-old you who fought them on everything.

4. They are your biggest support system in wanting you to achieve your dreams.

There is no one quite as invested in your dreams like your parents. When you have no one to turn to and nothing to give you that extra boost of motivation, parents are there. They may not be perfect but they love you more than anyone so call your parents.

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