To The Grandmas That Left Us Far Too Soon

To The Grandmas That Left Us Far Too Soon

You made me the girl I am today and I wish you could be here to see it.

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You were never supposed to leave me so soon. You were supposed to be with me through college applications, boy drama, helping me pick out flowers for my wedding, and decorating my baby's nursery one day. When mom told me that you had passed away, I really learned the meaning of "life isn't fair."

Since I was a tiny baby, we were the very best of friends. You watched me grow up to be a sassy little third-grader and helped me with my middle school science project. I went with you to run errands and we watched Lifetime movies together. As cheesy as it is, you were my very first best friend in this big, scary world — thank you for being there through all my elementary school life crises. I was your sidekick and you taught me what it means to be a contributing member of society.

There's something so special about a grandmother-granddaughter relationship: I got to have the support and encouragement of a parent, the hijinks and laughs of a best friend, and the lessons of a teacher.

As much as I miss you and wish you were still with us, I find comfort in the fact that I know I would be making you proud. I made it into my dream college and I'm having the time of my life, Nana!!! I wish you could be here to come to Family Weekend and move-in day (because I know you would LOVE that shit — where do you think I got my mad organizing skills from?) but during those exciting times I smile because I know you're looking down on me and cheering me on every step of the way.

Sometimes, people even tell me that they see you in me; this really is the greatest compliment I could ask for. I could only hope that I turn out to be even half the woman you were. You brought a smile to everyone's face and made every single person feel important.

You were never supposed to leave this Earth like that... you were taken far too soon and I miss you every day. Losing you was one of the hardest things I've ever had to go through, and I'm not gonna lie: it still makes me sad to this day. Even though you're not with us anymore, thank you for every single lesson that you taught me. I truly would be lost without your wisdom and guidance.

Please wait for me so we can keep watching "Jerseylicious" one day.

Love you, best buddy.

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To The Senior Graduating High School In A Month

"What feels like the end, is often the beginning."
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It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

There are times when you will feel alone, scared, or confused. There are times when it won’t always be easy. But those are the times when you will shine the most because I know you will work through whatever problems you may face. Don’t think of the bad times as a terrible thing. Use them all as learning experiences. As author Joshua Marine once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

You might think that this is the end. However, it’s not. This is only the beginning. Trust me when I say that the adventures and opportunities you are about to face are nothing compared to high school. Whether you are going to college, going to work, or something else, this is the beginning of your journey called life. It will be exciting, it will be terrifying, but it will all be worth it.

So, as you walk out of your high school for the very last time, I encourage you to take a deep breath. Relax. You’ll always have the memories to look back on from high school. But your time is now, it begins today. Embrace it.

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9 Reasons Your Grandparents Are The Best Gifts You'll Ever Receive

They love us unconditionally and are always there to lend a helping hand.

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Grandparents are special. They are the leaders and foundations of our families. They love us unconditionally and are always there to lend a helping hand. The spoil us way too often! My grandparents mean the world to me. The picture above is one of my favorite photos with both my mother and my grandfather when I was a little girl. They are some of the best people in my life and have always set a good example for me. Cherish them while you can because they won't always be around! Here are nine reasons your grandparents are the best gifts you'll ever receive!

1. They give the best advice.

2. They have a lot of life experience and are willing to share it with you.

3. Their smile makes your heart warm.

4. They are so intelligent.

5. They have the best stories to share.

6. They are a great example of love.

7. Their hugs are like no other.

8. They spoil their grandchildren.

9. They love you unconditionally.

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