To My Aunt Who Was More Like My Second Mom

My Aunt Never Had Children, But She Still Stepped Up To Be My 'Second Momma' When I Needed Her

You treated me as your own.

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My Aunt Diane is one of the most hardworking, diligent, beautiful, and most inspiring women I believe the world has to offer.

She has faced several challenges throughout her years, and she has never let her challenges define her. She works long days and long nights, and although she truly doesn't make that much money, you would never tell a difference in her happiness. She works hard for every single dime she makes, and she is always willing to go above and beyond for those she loves and she has truly proven that to me.

My aunt hasn't always had it easy, and I believe the inability to produce her own children must have been one of the hardest things she has ever dealt with, which is heartbreaking because of how badly she wanted her own. Despite this heartbreaking problem, she was a motherly figure for me and a dang good one at that.

When my parents separated, the judge ruled them both unfit to raise me because of the arguing and other issues they were having. To save my brother and me from being placed in foster care, my aunt took us in. She was not thoroughly prepared to take on this challenge because raising two kids isn't cheap, but she took us in, anyway.

She has not only given me the best years, but she has permanently left a mark on me that I will hold onto forever.

She bought us as much as she could, she took us to fun places, she gave us a hot meal every day, she dressed us in nice clothes, and she raised two children who weren't her own, but you would never have known the difference.

My aunt willingly took us in to raise us, and she didn't care about her financial or personal situation. She gave us the best few years, and I will be forever grateful for her. She had us for about two years. I was pretty young, but I know she made us feel loved and protected and I loved living with her.

After the two years, my dad gained full custody of my brother and me again, and he did step up to the job of raising us. Trust me, I give him all the credit he deserves for turning his life around, but it's only fair that my aunt gets credit to for everything she did for us.

It was heartbreaking for us to leave and it was heartbreaking for my aunt to let go, but she stayed strong. She always came to visit, and she never missed a holiday. She was always there. She took us on trips and made sure that we still knew how much we loved her, even if we weren't living with her anymore.

My aunt is not only my mom's sister, she's not just my grandma's daughter, and she's just not your average aunt. My aunt is my heart in human form. My aunt has had such a rollercoaster ride of a life, due to so many obstacles she faced during her years, and I can not do anything but praise her for who she is today because she got her on her own she made it happen on her own.

My aunt is truly one of the most special people in my life, who I have grown to look at as my second mother. She may not have birthed me, but she was an attendant in my life as often as she could be. She stepped up when my parents could not, and she gave me the best life she could and I have her to thank for who I am today. Her drive is unbelievable and she will steal your heart as she has forever stolen mine.

To this day, I consider my aunt so much more than just my aunt. I am so inspired by her, and I love her to the end of time. I can go to her with anything, and she will listen she won't judge she helps me supports me and never fails to remind me how beautiful or proud of me she is and she has no clue how much those words really mean to me. She is my best friend, my second momma, my everything. I love my Aunt Diane, forever and always, and I truly thank her for being such a special impact on my earlier years and life today.

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To The Dad Who Didn't Want Me, It's Mutual Now

Thank you for leaving me because I am happy.
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Thank you, for leaving me.

Thank you, for leaving me when I was little.

Thank you, for not putting me through the pain of watching you leave.

Thank you, for leaving me with the best mother a daughter could ask for.

I no longer resent you. I no longer feel anger towards you. I wondered for so long who I was. I thought that because I didn't know half of my blood that I was somehow missing something. I thought that who you were defined me. I was wrong. I am my own person. I am strong and capable and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

In my most vulnerable of times, I struggled with the fact that you didn't want me. You could have watched me grow into the person that I have become, but you didn't. You had a choice to be in my life. I thought that the fact that my own father didn't want me spoke to my own worth. I was wrong. I am so worthy. I am deserving, and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

You have missed so much. From my first dance to my first day of college, and you'll continue to miss everything. You won't see me graduate, you won't walk me down the aisle, and you won't get to see me follow my dreams. You'll never get that back, but I don't care anymore. What I have been through, and the struggles that I have faced have brought me to where I am today, and I can't complain. I go to a beautiful school, I have the best of friends, I have an amazing family, and that's all I really need.

Whoever you are, I hope you read this. I hope you understand that you have missed out on one of the best opportunities in your life. I could've been your daughter. I could have been your little girl. Now I am neither, nor will I ever be.

So thank you for leaving me because I am happy. I understand my self-worth, and I understand that you don't define me. You have made me stronger. You have helped make me who I am without even knowing it.

So, thank you for leaving me.

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Why I Appreciate My Parents So Much

This is for my two biggest supporters.

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One thing I've noticed, the older I've gotten, is how much I appreciate my parents.

We've become so close, it's almost funny to think at one point I looked at them so much differently. When I was younger, my parents were much more strict than they are now. They disciplined differently and didn't let me do certain things. The older I've gotten, the more freedom I've gotten, which is one big sigh of relief.

My parents are such great people. Throughout my whole life, I've always had friends of parents or people who know my parents tell me how great they both are. I'm so blessed to have been raised by them and to have gotten their characteristics.

My mom is so loving and generous, and she thinks of literally everyone else in her life before herself. She's smart and funny, and she is always there when I need someone to talk to. She's taught me how to be courteous, kind, funny (with her sense of humor), and most importantly, accepting towards others.

The older I get, the more I realize how similar I am to her. She's my favorite woman in the whole world. We understand each other.

My dad is a thoughtful, hilarious, wise, and helpful guy who has taught me so many lessons throughout the years. He always makes sure my finances are in order, even more than I do. He keeps me laughing with his funny stories and made-up songs that he sings. He always asks me how my day was every time I walk through the door. He is so adorable and thoughtful, and I'm so happy I got his wit and humor.

His smile lights up a room and I'm so happy I've been hearing his laugh and will continue to for the rest of my life.

Another great thing about my parents is that they've taught me what love looks like. They're so loving, kind, and patient towards each other. I've rarely ever seen them fight in my life. They still treat one another how they did when they first started dating. I have friends and know people whose parents aren't together, and I'm so lucky to say I can't imagine what that's like.

My parents complete each other; they are soulmates. I'm so lucky and appreciative that I get to have the honor of watching their love play out throughout their lives.

I'm so happy and thankful that these are the parents I ended up with. They're the best. I hope to be half of my parents when I become a parent myself.

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