Labor Day Leftovers

Labor Day Leftovers

An open letter to my family regarding Labor Day weekend.
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This is an open letter to my family on why I did not go home on Labor Day weekend.

Dear family,

I first want to apologize for not taking the three and half hour trip home this extended weekend. I want you to know that it is nothing against you. You took a trip to my home for the year just two weeks ago and sent me on my way. You gave me a box full of food and aided me in organizing my dorm room. The moment you left, I realized that sophomore year is completely different than freshman year. I went home the first weekend after I moved in last year, and I came home every other weekend. This year the circumstances are different.

To begin, I had to purchase a book that's price took me by surprise. Due to my ugly bank account, I will have to wait to visit you until I have enough money for gas and snacks for the road. In addition to my financial deficiency, I actually have friends this year who want to hang out with me on the weekends. Last year I was a bit anti-social and I made things do, but this year I am soaking up the college experience. Also, most of my friends are staying on campus as well and I cannot betray them.

As much I hate to admit it, I am slowly falling in love with this tiny city and the people in it. I never thought this day would come. I am slowly morphing into an actual adult, and doing things on my own. Thank you for raising me into the person I am.

Do not miss me too much.

Love,

Your college child

Cover Image Credit: Adrianna Roberts

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To The Dad Who Works Out Of Town, Thank You For All You Do

Thank you for everything you do, I wouldn't have the things I do if it wasn't for you.

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Thank you for taking your truck with no cruise control some weeks for work because I wanted to drive your car. I'm sure driving for four hours straight with your foot on the pedal was pretty boring. Thank you for filling up the car before you let me drive it as well.

Thank you for waking up at 3 and 4 a.m. to head out of town to work and being so quiet while doing so. Thank you for adding lunch money to my account while you're over 100 miles away. Thank you for working sometimes 10-14 days straight without a day off. I can never thank you enough for what you do.

Thank you for filling my truck up in high school every Sunday night before you left for work. Thank you for spending your lunch breaks calling and making orthodontist appointments for me. Thank you for taking days off work to take me to some of these appointments. Thank you for always fitting me in.

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