Dear Mom And Dad, Thank You For Moving Me As Many Times As You Did

Dear Mom And Dad, Thank You For Moving Me As Many Times As You Did

A letter from a girl who has lived in 12 houses over the course of her lifetime.

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Dear Mom and Dad,

Thank you for moving me from house to house over the course of my lifetime, 12 houses to be exact. Seven in Oklahoma, two in Washington D.C., one in Virginia, and two in Arizona. It seems like a lot, especially for those who grew up with one single place they can call their family home. Moving while not always easy, turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

With a new house, and sometimes even a new state, along came a new school district, which meant new friends. Having new friends every few years made the attribute of being adaptable, easy. I have found out now being older that adaptability is a key quality trait to have in life.

Moving to new places sparked the curiosity inside me to travel and see other places in the county, even throughout the world. With moving and not constantly staying stationary, I came to realize how vast and beautiful this world really can be. Thank you for that.

Arriving then leaving to a place to place, time and time again caused my heart to love more but not get too attached... knowing that things can leave or be taken away really easy from me. Probably one of the most important life lessons I could've been taught, guard your heart but love harder.

Nothing is without both pros and cons, as that seems to be a rule of life. But mom and dad, you both always strived to show my sister and I only the pros while masking the cons... even when we felt sad in the moment. Now that I am wiser and older than I was, I realize all of the extra miles you went to make the changes less and less scary. Small things that you might not remember or might not seem significant to you, but really made an impact on me and my ability to adjust.

With each place I moved to, I got to add a chapter to the book that I call life.

Whether the move was 10 miles down the road, or from Oklahoma to Virginia... I understand it wasn't always easy on you either. I understand that just how it hurt us to be away from our friends and family, it hurt you too. But I really hope it didn't hurt you too much. I really hope that knowing I have peace from all of this helps you be at peace with the feeling you might ever so get called guilt because of the moves. I hold no grudges and I actually thank you.

Thank you, Mom and Dad, for teaching me these life lessons without actually having to teach me any life lessons. You taught me the most important life lesson of all, home is wherever my family is. I am home when I am in your presence and surrounded by your love.

Best,

Your daughter, GracIe

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

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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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Top 10 Things To Do In the United State's Capitol

This is your guide to a fun-filled weekend ing Washington, DC.

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There's never a dull moment in Washington, DC. From educational activities to festivals and fairs to nightlife there is always something to do for people of all ages. I've been living here in the city for a little over a year, and there is still so much to see that I haven't gotten to yet. This beautiful place is fun and exciting to visit during all times of the year, and I highly recommend spending at least two days in the Capitol of the United States.

The Smithsonian Museums  

One of the top reasons to come to Washington, DC is to visit the Smithsonian Museums. They're full of beautiful artwork, remembrance, and facts. Best of all- they're all free!

The Eastern Market

On Saturday mornings the best place to get breakfast is at the Eastern Market in southeast DC. In the spring, summer, and early fall the streets are full of tents with artwork, clothing, and furniture, and the inside is full of fresh food, flowers, and pop up stands.

The Wharf

One of my favorite places to hang out is at the Wharf on the Waterfront. There's restaurants, bars, and a pier of fresh seafood. Not looking to spend a lot of money? Grab an ice cream cone from Ben & Jerry's and grab a seat on the end of the pier around the fire pit.

The Anthem, 9:30 Club, Echo Stage

Want to dance the night away after spending the day touring the city? The Anthem, 9:30 Club, and Echo Stage are all great venues that host a wide variety of artists.

Smithsonian's National Zoo

Hop on the metro and within a half hour from the National Mall, you can be at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. It's free entry and it's a great place to spend your Saturday afternoon!

Happy Hour 

Throughout the entire city, you can find some of the best happy hour's Monday through Thursday starting at 4. Cheap beer and a ton of new friends!

Regal Cinema in Chinatown

The Regal Cinema in Chinatown is the best movie theater I have ever been to. You can order chicken fingers and french fries that are delivered right to your reclinable reserved seats! Nothing better. If your early for your movie and have time to kill, there is a bar with bowling and pool tables which is always a fun way to kill time with friends.

National Mall - At Night

Everyone always talks about going to the National Mall, but the best time to go is at night. Everything is lit up and it's beautiful! Best of all, not many people are hanging around so you have the entire place to roam around and sit and hang out with friends on the monuments.

Cherry Blossom Festival

The best part of Washington, DC is in the spring because the cherry blossoms are finally blossoming. People come from all around the world to see these beautiful trees that were gifted to us. In March, there are many events happening on the weekends such as live music, food trucks, and other activities.

Street Fairs

My favorite part of the city is that there is something always going on. Something I really love to go to include the street fairs and the festivals happening within the street. They're great places to learn about different cultures, eat yummy food, and buy local handmade goods from local vendors.

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