Dear Mom, From Your Daughter In College

Dear Mom, From Your Daughter In College

Here are all the things our phone calls aren't long enough to say.
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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.

Love,

Your daughter

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OK, guys, listen up. Whether you just got out of a relationship with a girl and are still hung up or whether your crush is just not reciprocating then here are a few things that hint its time to move on because she just isn't into it. Feel free to mix and match as you see fit to your situation and I hope all the insight you need is now in your in your hands.

1. She breaks up with you.

Guys, this is not a Hallmark movie, you're not getting back together. Typically, this should have been your first clue.

2. She isn't dwelling on the breakup like you are.

If she doesn't talk about it unless someone else brings it up or doesn't act like it changed her as much as it changed you then she is ready for something new and you should be too.

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Okay, so this one should be a little obvious. If she is flirting with another guy and especially if she is flirting with more than one guy her line is already out there ready to catch the other fish in the sea.

5. She leaves you on read.

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7. She doesn't keep in touch with you.

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10. She has a generally happier demeanor.

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12. She finds reasons to move to the opposite side of the room.

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