To The Parents Who Have Been Living Examples Of What Love Is For 20 Years, Thank You

To The Parents Who Have Been Living Examples Of What Love Is For 20 Years, Thank You

There's something so special and extraordinary about watching two people who are already in love fall more and more for each other as every year goes by.

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My parents just celebrated their 20th anniversary and that suddenly has me feeling so grateful. I've never taken for granted the love I've always witnessed but watching them celebrate such a milestone feels like an extra blessing. It's made it so easy to see what love looks like and what it feels like. It has allowed me to stay patient in pursuit of my own love and it's a constant reminder to keep my standards high.

It's reassuring to have this reminder that forever does exist. Divorce rates are high and people lose faith, but I still have all the faith in the world. I've been a part of a sort of real-life fairytale. My mom met my dad when she was 16, and she swears there was a bit of love at first sight. They got married three years later, and here we are after 20 more years.

I know how perfectly imperfect their relationship has been because I've seen it up close and for the longest. I've seen them push each others' buttons and test each others' patience. They've fought and bickered about major issues, little things, and everything in between.

But then I've also seen them dance in our living room, pick on each other, and go on dates like they're still teenagers. I see my dad's eyes light up when my mom gets even a little dressed up. I share the joy between the two of them every time I get the chance and I constantly take mental notes for my future husband.

There's something so special and extraordinary about watching two people who are already in love fall more and more for each other as every year goes by.

I was sitting on the couch with them and my mom surprised my dad with a playlist of songs that reminded her of them. Her eyes were damp and his smile wide as they hummed "You're Still The One" by Shania Twain. It's a song I grew up hearing around the house, so I always think of them and their love when I hear it. But watching them sit there and just soak it all in, I felt a new, undeniable kind of forever.

My parents are the reason I know deep in my heart that there's a perfect person for everyone. One soul mate, one lasting forever, and one promise.

They're so wholesome and the way they are as a couple is what I pray for. Their marriage and the foundation it was built on is something I've focused on meticulously. They're two individuals who know who they are. They're independent, but together always. There's trust and there's patience.

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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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