To The Teacher Who Taught Me More

To The Teacher Who Taught Me More

I can never give back to you what you've given to me.
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Guess who it is?!

I just wanted to write this to say thank you. Thank you for everything you've done for me over the years. I would not have been able to make it through my high school years without you there with me, always watching out for me.

Math was never my strong subject, I was more into writing and history than I ever was into math. However, yours was the first math class that I ever looked forward to attending. You didn't just teach math. You didn't write on the board and lecture us about the right angles and remembering the sides of the triangles when referring to sine, cosine, and tangent, you involved us in class. You worried about us. If we ever needed anything at all, you were right there. If someone was struggling, you supported them, no matter what was going on. You were always the ear right there to listen to us whenever we had a problem, no matter how big or small. I can't thank you enough for that.

Going through the struggle I was facing before finally being diagnosed with depression and anxiety, I often felt like the world was crashing down around me and all I had the ability to do was watch. Every day when I went to school, I struggled. I didn't want to be around people or look at anyone or even bee up and moving at that point. Whenever I was having a rough time, exhausted from existing that day, I could come to your class and just vent and get away from everything at that moment.

You were like a father to me while I was at school. No matter if I was in your class or if I was just walking down the hallway, you were there for me whenever I needed you and made that quite clear. The fact that you would volunteer your time for me to make sure that I was healthy and happy helped me to realize that I was good enough to seek out treatment for my illness. Before you had shown me that spending time on me was acceptable, I didn't see myself as worthy enough to seek out treatment. I thought it wasn't bad enough and there were people out there that had it far worse than me, but you showed me that I did deserve to get treatment and that my problems were valid.

I honestly cannot thank you enough for everything you've done for me over the years. You've taught me so much more than just how to regurgitate information back onto a test. You taught me that I am worth something and I can never repay you for that.

Your pseudo-daughter,
Cricket

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To The Dad Who Didn't Want Me, It's Mutual Now

Thank you for leaving me because I am happy.
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Thank you, for leaving me.

Thank you, for leaving me when I was little.

Thank you, for not putting me through the pain of watching you leave.

Thank you, for leaving me with the best mother a daughter could ask for.

I no longer resent you. I no longer feel anger towards you. I wondered for so long who I was. I thought that because I didn't know half of my blood that I was somehow missing something. I thought that who you were defined me. I was wrong. I am my own person. I am strong and capable and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

In my most vulnerable of times, I struggled with the fact that you didn't want me. You could have watched me grow into the person that I have become, but you didn't. You had a choice to be in my life. I thought that the fact that my own father didn't want me spoke to my own worth. I was wrong. I am so worthy. I am deserving, and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

You have missed so much. From my first dance to my first day of college, and you'll continue to miss everything. You won't see me graduate, you won't walk me down the aisle, and you won't get to see me follow my dreams. You'll never get that back, but I don't care anymore. What I have been through, and the struggles that I have faced have brought me to where I am today, and I can't complain. I go to a beautiful school, I have the best of friends, I have an amazing family, and that's all I really need.

Whoever you are, I hope you read this. I hope you understand that you have missed out on one of the best opportunities in your life. I could've been your daughter. I could have been your little girl. Now I am neither, nor will I ever be.

So thank you for leaving me because I am happy. I understand my self-worth, and I understand that you don't define me. You have made me stronger. You have helped make me who I am without even knowing it.

So, thank you for leaving me.

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To The Best Friend Every Girl Should Be Blessed Enough To Have

You definitely deserve all the love.

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I have not written this letter, but it has been on my list of "to write" for forever. She keeps asking when I will write one about her and every time I tell her, soon.

Well here it is. The truth on why it took so long? No words seem to do everything justice. No matter how I put them or how I want them to sound, the page always makes them look weird and they always sound lame.

But finally, here it is. Best friend, this one is for you.

First and foremost I will start with a holy cow. We have been best friends for only a short time because who knew your "in school friend" from all those math classes would actually turn into this? We put off hanging out outside of school for years, and finally, after suffering through all that algebra we decided enough was enough.

I wish we had sooner.

I wish I had gotten more time with you before we both moved away to college - but ill take whatever time I get with you because well… you're incredible.

Thank you.

Thank you for finally agreeing to hang out with me.

Thank you for listening to every rant ever - whether it was a paragraph long text, a 2 hour FaceTime call or an hour-long car ride.

Thank you for ordering planners with me and spending nights decorating them with me (we are such losers).

Thank you for letting me become a part of your family.

Thank you for going to Friendly's, IHOP and Target at the most ungodly hours.

Thank you for encouraging me in everything I do, and stopping me from making bad decisions.

Thank you for telling me the truth, despite if it hurt me or not, I know now you will never lie about your feelings towards someone (LOL).

Basically, thank you for everything you have done for me. You have made me a better person and you encourage me to be my best self every single day.

Moving on I want to make it clear how incredibly proud of you I am. I love getting texts from you about your love for your classes, and how you want to be president of this club and president of that. How you help out kids, and how you host events. I love hearing about your major and the classes you are so incredibly excited to take. Watching you be so passionate about what you are doing and becoming makes me want to feel the same way in everything I do.

I hope someday my kids are your students because, in your hands, I know they can change the world.

Last but not least, I love you. And you're stuck with me.

Love,

Your forever number one fan

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