A Letter To The Man Who I May Not Always Get Along With

A Letter To The Man Who I May Not Always Get Along With

Your father is half of the reason you are alive today. Although it's not always smooth sailing, the love will always be there.

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To my dearest father,

I hope I tap into your heart and your tear ducts with this. Although you are not the fondest of me right now, today is a special day for you, as well as myself and the family. Today is your birthday. The day you were brought to the face of this Earth by your dear mother.

Wow, all these years of experience, wisdom, and most importantly life. If it weren't for this day, May 11th, me and my siblings would not be here today. As much as I act irrationally, radically, and spontaneously, I never mean to hurt your feelings. You brought me to this planet. I fully understand that you want to take very good care of your offspring. You don't want to see any of your kids failing at life. You may think that I shrug off all your lectures, but I soak them in.

You've come so far in life and I can't afford to lose any bit of golden advice I can get. I may not apply them right away, but they swarm my thoughts. I always think to myself, "What do you think dad would say/do about this?" prior to making my decisions. Yes, 99.9% of the time it results in me acting dumb anyways, but you have the right to be mad. You always tell me things to help me and believe me, I'm always thinking about it.

Anyways, I would love to thank you. I want to thank you for everything. Thank you for giving birth to me. Thank you for loving me when I mess up. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. Thank you for being such a strong support system. Thank you for not making me a spoiled brat and making me work for things. Thank you for all your lectures. Thank you for yelling at me when I do something wrong. Thank you for all the laughs you give me. And most importantly, thank you for dedicating your life to our family.

Your work is not as appreciated as it should be. I would have not gotten this far in life if it weren't for you. I know I don't show as much love or appreciation as I should, but I am beyond grateful to have you. In fact, I wanna be just like you. An established, successful adult with a beautiful family. You are one of the most powerful men in my eyes. The road you took to get where you are was rocky but you persevered, and that speaks volumes to me.

Not only that, you're such a hard worker, as well. I'm in a phase right now, but I'm looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. You're in this dark tunnel with me, holding my hand and navigating the dark with a flashlight. There comes a point when the batteries in the flashlight die, and you let go of my hand to return home.

I'll be on my own soon, and thus far you have given me so much knowledge and life lessons. This will make my way out of the tunnel much easier than having to stumble upon rocks in the dark. I can't write down the amount of gratitude, love, admiration, and appreciation I have for you.

You're amazing, Dad. So here's to another year, another month, another week, another day, another hour, another minute, and another second basking in your presence! Here's to a million more years, Pops. Here's to more love, more laughs, and more life. Happy birthday, Dad.

Lots of love,

Rana

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Dear Mom, Now That I'm Older

A letter to the woman who made me the woman I am today.
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Dear Mom,

Now that I'm older, I definitely appreciate you a lot more than I did as a kid. I appreciate the little things, from the random text messages to constantly tagging me on Facebook in your "funny" photos and sending me pins of stuff I like on Pinterest. Now that I'm older, I can look back and realize that everything I am is all because of you. You've made me strong but realize it's okay to cry. You've shown me how a mother gives everything to her children to give them a better life than she had, even when she's left with nothing. And, most importantly you've taught me to never give up and without this, I would not be where I am today.

Mom, now that I'm older, I realize that you're the best friend I'm ever going to have. You cheer me on when I try new things and support me in deciding to be whatever person I want to be. Thank you for never telling me I can't do something and helping me figure out ways to be the best woman I can be. Your love for me is unconditional. They say true, unconditional love can only come from God, but mom, I think you're a pretty close second.

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Now that I'm older, I don't get to see you as much. But not seeing you as much just makes the times I do get to see you the absolute best, and I look forward to it every time. Now that I'm older, I'm not going to live at home. But, I promise to always come back because I know the door is always open. Your house is always going to be my home, and no other place is going to be the same.

Now that I'm older, I realize how much I miss you taking care of me. I miss you making me dinner, making sure I was doing well in school, and taking me to endless appointments. I miss you waking me up for school and then waking me up again because I didn't listen the first time.

But, Mom, now that I'm older, I can see all that you've done for me. I can look back and see how big of a brat I was but you still loved me (and let me live) anyways. I can understand why you did certain things and frankly, you're one bada** of a woman.

To have you as my mom and my best friend has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. So, Mom, now that I'm older, thank you, for everything.

Love,

Your Daughter

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To The Mom I Appreciated Back Then, But Appreciate So Much More NOW

I hope you're proud.

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I started writing this articles about three to four months ago when I told my Mom how excited I was for this new opportunity before "I am proud of you" was said she screamed, "when do I get an article??"

Well, Mom, I told you never so you would get off my back, but here I am - writing you the article you deserve.

Mom,

I wrote about this in my letter to you and dad about your divorce but it reigns true, going to college showed me so much. I found people cursing their mother on the phone, never wanting to go home to see their mom and hating their mother with everything they had. I sat there in disbelief. How can you hate someone who did everything they could to give you the life you live? Who got you to where you are now.

I appreciated you before, but college made me realize how incredible you are.

Mom, thank you for raising me as a single parent - I know that Dad was always a big part of my life too but you did so much for me. Thank you for understanding me and what I needed even when I was not vocal about it. I never told you what I was feeling but you always seemed to know when something was off. Thank you for giving the best hugs, every time something is going wrong or I am missing home all I can picture an image is coming home to hug you.

That warm embrace that through everything was always there. Thank you for encouraging me, pushing me and never letting me give up. Thank you for showing me a strong woman, one that refuses to accept the glass ceiling, one who refused to let anyone get in the way of her and her goals. Thank you for loving me, supporting me and believing in me when I refused to do so for myself.

I know there have been times when we get rocky and our relationship was not perfect, it is a mother-daughter thing for sure, but thank you for showing me every time that your love, care, and devotion to who I am is unwavering.

Your taco chicken will forever be my least favorite meal and your singing will always be the last thing I want to hear. Yet I would not trade those for the world, I would not trade your crazy outlook and insistent ways for anything else.

I will never be able to repay you for what you did for me, but I will forever be so thankful and appreciative of it, I hope I make you proud.

Love you most,

Your Daughter

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