A Dedication To My Family

A Dedication To My Family

My rock, my number one fans, my biggest supporters, my family, my everything.
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Life is a journey filled with lots of backroads, pit stops and destinations along the way, There are people out there who just push your buttons and rub you the wrong way, and sometimes you don’t even know why. There’s the sad days where the tears won’t stop flowing, so many that you could flood the world in just one day. There’s the good days when everything goes your way, the days where life lets you smile and the road seems smooth. There’s the days when you do amazing things, feeling like you can accomplish anything. There are days when big milestones in life pass, and you count the days until the next one comes. Each day of your journey has something new in store. Changes take place, time keeps passing as you reflect on your journey thus far. Life is full of variety, mixed with people and places who leave, some of which we see again, and some of which become a mere memory.

The one thing that never changes in my journey, the one thing I can always count on, is my family. They are there to protect me from the bad and defend me from the evil. They are there with a bucket in hand to catch my tears, and a warm embrace to reassure me that, this too will pass. They are there on the good days, and they are there on the not so good ones. They are there to celebrate with me when I succeed, and they are there to congratulate me and tell me how proud they are when I thrive, when I do amazing things. They are always there. They love me unconditionally, even on the days where I make it impossible for them to do so, and especially on the days where I make easy. They never judge me for who I am or the choices I make, and they always, always support whatever it is I’m doing in life, even if it is not what they’d prefer for me or themselves.

My family has showed me what the true meaning of life really is, what makes the journey worth it in the end. They showed me that no matter where the road leads, however many bumps, forks or traffic jams there are, the only thing that matters is that when you get where you set out to go, you are happy, and you know that the road keeps going on even after you pull over for a little while. They have showed me what it means to love, and to be loved, and how important both of those things are. They have helped make me who I am and continue to do so each and every day. My family is the constant in my life, the thing that is there when I close my eyes and is still there when I open them again. They say you can’t choose family, and for that I am grateful, because if I could in fact chose my family, I would pick the one that I already have right beside me. I wouldn’t trade my family for the world, and I feel like the luckiest girl in the world being able to call them mine.

Thank you for being my rock, my inspiration, my biggest support system and my number one fans. I can’t wait to see where the road takes us next, hand in hand, moving forward together. I love you guys, forever and a day, to the moon and back.

With endless love,

Your niece, daughter, cousin, granddaughter and friend, Caitlin

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

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?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

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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What It Is Really Like Having Sisters Close To Your Age

While having siblings close to your age is pretty amazing, there can be a lot of issues that can come with it.

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I come from a family of 5 people and 1 dog. I have 2 sisters, Grace and Caroline. We are all pretty close in age, Caroline being the youngest and 3 years younger than me.

My sisters and I share a bond like no one else, no one can replicate it. When you have siblings close to your age you have built-in best friends, and since they are around your age you have the same interest, or at least, enough so that you can do things that other siblings cannot. Examples of this would be seeing R-Rated movies and going to the mall without too much complaining, along with being able to shop in the same stores or even share clothes. Grace and I sometimes even split the cost of a shirt we both like.

We even overlap friend groups! Which is not much of a problem for us, Grace and I are both in music programs which overlap enough for us to have the same friends, which is great for when one of us has a sleepover, the other can join in on the fun. Caroline, however, even though she is seen as the sporty one of the 3 of us, she still has a lot of friends who have similar interests as Grace or I, giving us a lot of the same friends. It's nice not to be considered the "cool older sister", I am just like the rest of them.

While we do fight a lot, we make up really quickly, because most issues we have are stupid sibling fights: who gets the T.V., what to have for dinner, what movie to see. But it is always fun because there are 3 of us, which means majority rules, something we tend to go by most of the time depending on the situation.

Having 3 teenagers in the house can be a handful for our parents though, when you have three teenage girls going through puberty at relatively the same time, it can be grueling, especially when you are all on your period at the same time.. (yes, that has happened before) (and yes, it sucks). While I am on the topic, let's say a prayer and a thank you to my dad for dealing with 5 girls (including the dog, obviously) because he does a pretty damn good job at dealing with all of us.

When we were younger, we always had a play date even when one was canceled. We all made up songs and dances and would perform them for our parents. We even had a band called The Halsey Sisters (AKA the female version of The Jonas Brothers) where we had a hit song called "We Got The Heart and Soul". It was a hell of a time. Let's just say the music video for that song is, interesting to say the least.

At the end of the day, I wouldn't switch my sisters for anything in the world, they are my rocks, and I wouldn't want it any other way, Grace, Caroline, keep doing what you're doing, because you're pretty damn awesome.

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