Give Your Loved Ones A Chance

Give Your Loved Ones A Chance

Because you never know when they could be gone.
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Some of you have not experencied the loss of a family member and some of you have. I lost my father in September of 2015 and it was very hard on my family and I. What was even harder was the fact that I refused to talk to my dad for the longest time because I was mad at him. I wouldn't answer his calls because I didn't want to talk to him, I would ignore his texts because I didn't want to reply. I cared more about my own feelings than I ever did about his. And today I would do anything to get a call or a text from him and I would reply in a heartbeat, i would do anything to hangout with him for a day, but I no longer have that option. I no longer can send him a text or call him or see him.

The point of this article is to make sure you talk to your father or even your mother. Keep in touch with the ones that love you dearly even if they've made mistakes in the past. You should forgive them because one day they won't be here anymore and you will feel the weight of the world come down on you. Sometimes you will think that there can't be anything worse than being mad at your father and that you would rather just ignore them because you believe that there is no way you can forgive them. I'm not saying forgive them the first time you talk to them, but just talk to them and give them a chance. Talk to them as much as you can, spend as much time as you can with them because they could be gone in the blink of an eye. You can always try to forgive and if it doesn't work out, it doesn't work out. But, I didn't even give him a chance. A month before he passed away I had a phone call from him saying he loved me and to give him a call back when I can, I never called back. I wish I would've, I still have that phone that the message is on and it's still on there so I can listen to it whenever I want. Please give your loved ones the time of day and a chance.

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

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4. The American Fraternity book

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5. Beer pong socks 

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6. Condom case

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A Thank You Letter To The Greatest Parents I Could Ever Ask For

I don't know what you're living with if you don't have parents like mine, just saying.

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I genuinely feel sorry for the people who were not blessed with a set of loving, caring, compassionate parents. You will always be missing out on the best gift you could ever receive, so if you have found something to replace loving parents, let me know what you found! I can't imagine what I would do without my Mom & Dad. For me, family is everything. I'll explain why I am especially thankful for them this week!

Last week, my parents were able to come up for the UT Vs. TTU game and we had a blast. I didn't realize how much I needed to see them and when I did see them, a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Even though my health hasn't been quite the best lately (thanks ulcerative colitis), I felt like it was o.k to have pain and to be comforted by my parents- so I embraced it.

So since I embraced my pain, I was pretty much suffering all weekend, but it was perfectly fine and I felt extra safe with my parents so I suffered in peace if you will. Haha! I'm used to having pain so it wasn't a big deal, I was just happy and on edge to see/be around my parents.

They comforted me through my pain with open arms and did everything they could to help. Seeing them care for me at the few times they get to see me while I am in college is beginning to mean more and more to me. It is special. Little things like going to breakfast mean so much for. Being in their presence feels way more secure than it used to, and I'm sure all of you college kids can relate.

My parents are also my best friends, so even though they are caught up with my daily life events (shout out to FaceTime), I still had more to catch them up on. They told me about how excited they are about our new house being built and we talked more about how their work lives have been lately which is always an interesting topic!

We also laughed a lot at and goofed around wherever we ended up which is highly expected of us, but since we don't get to as much as we used to, these moments mean so much more. Every time my Mom or Dad makes me laugh, they also cause my heart to ache because it reminds me just how special they are to me. I hold them at the very front of my heart, and that is where they will always be.

Mom, Dad- I had such a great time with y'all and I thank God more than you can imagine how thankful I am for you two. I am so grateful for the bond that we three share and I am so happy to be doing life with you guys. I am obsessed with Y'all's marriage and you guys teach me every day what to look for in a spouse. Your love for each other radiates through me and I am so glad to be a part of this family.

I will wrap up my last couple of thoughts with this. Thank you, Mom & Dad, for everything you teach me, and molding me into the person I am today. You did everything when it comes to raising a child perfectly and I cannot wait to prove that to you when I have my own kids one day. I hope to carry on both of your qualities until the end of my time and to simply make the both of you so proud.

Love Y'all lots and I am happy to be home for Thanksgiving break with the family.

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