Mom, Dad, You Must Have Done Something Right

Mom, Dad, You Must Have Done Something Right

I love and appreciate you both endlessly and I'm thankful for the life you have given me.
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Growing up, it has become much easier to understand the sacrifices my parents have made for me. As my first year of college comes to a close, I want to reflect on what I have learned and how navigating college life alone has changed the way I view the relationship I have with my parents.

Dear Mom and Dad,

You two have done a good job, I think I've turned out pretty well. You've raised me to be the intelligent, responsible, kind adult that I am today. I often take most of the credit for how I've turned out but lately, I've felt extremely grateful for the experiences you two have given me that have shaped me into who I am.

Thank you for valuing my education so highly but simultaneously reminding me that a grade isn't everything. (I think all those talks in the car after I cried over a B have finally made their impact) Thank you for investing in my learning and ensuring that I had the best opportunities available to me, I know that I am extremely lucky in that way. Thank you for understanding that learning is my ultimate passion and wholeheartedly supporting that through the years.

Thank you for all of the things you have given me and for the things that you haven't. You both have worked hard to make sure that I don't encounter some of the struggles that you two have gone through. In the same sense, thank you for trusting me to navigate certain challenges on my own and lending a hand when necessary. I admire you both for your independence and strength and I hope that one day my kids can say the same about me.

Thank you both for finding the time to be the best parents you can be. Of course it's your responsibility to care for your children but I recognize that from the moment I was born, you two have done everything to make sure that I have everything I needed and more. I truly don't know how you two have found the time to be everywhere for all of us at once, but I appreciate it more now, as I'm figuring out how to make time for the people in my life.

Finally, thank you for simply allowing me to be who I am and being proud of me. I haven't always given you two an easy time but you've given me the space to figure myself out on my own. As I'm getting older, I find myself cherishing the time that I have with the both of you, the conversations, the silence, and everything in between. I feel blessed to have you two as my parents and best friends, as my biggest supporters and my family.

I love and appreciate you both endlessly and I'm thankful for the life you have given me.

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An Open Letter To My Unexpected Best Friend

You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better.
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Dear Unexpected Best Friend,

You were the person I never thought I would speak to and now you are my very best friend. You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better. I can't thank you enough for everything you have done to shape me into the person I am today. You've taught me what it means to be selfless, caring, patient, and, more importantly, adventurous.

You don't realize how much better my life has become and all because you came out of nowhere. I didn't see you coming. I just saw you on occasion, and now I can't see my life without you in it. It's funny how life works itself out like that. Our unexpected friendship filled a hole in my life that I didn't know existed.

I don't even remember what life was like before you came along; it most likely had a lot less laughter and spontaneity than it does today. I can call you about anything and you would drop whatever you're doing to help me in any situation. You know when I need encouragement. You know when I am at my best and when I am at my worst. You always know exactly what to say.

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I couldn't have found a better friend than you if I tried. We balance each other out in the best way possible. You are most definitely the yin to my yang, and I don't care how cliché that sounds. Because of you, I've learned to stop caring what people think and to do my own thing regardless of any backlash I might receive. You are my very favorite part of what makes me who I am to this day.

It's as if I wished up a best friend, and poof — you appeared right in front of me. I am so beyond blessed to have you and I wouldn't trade the world for all our memories. Thanks for coming out of nowhere.

Love you forever and a day.

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What It Is Really Like Having Sisters Close To Your Age

While having siblings close to your age is pretty amazing, there can be a lot of issues that can come with it.

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I come from a family of 5 people and 1 dog. I have 2 sisters, Grace and Caroline. We are all pretty close in age, Caroline being the youngest and 3 years younger than me.

My sisters and I share a bond like no one else, no one can replicate it. When you have siblings close to your age you have built-in best friends, and since they are around your age you have the same interest, or at least, enough so that you can do things that other siblings cannot. Examples of this would be seeing R-Rated movies and going to the mall without too much complaining, along with being able to shop in the same stores or even share clothes. Grace and I sometimes even split the cost of a shirt we both like.

We even overlap friend groups! Which is not much of a problem for us, Grace and I are both in music programs which overlap enough for us to have the same friends, which is great for when one of us has a sleepover, the other can join in on the fun. Caroline, however, even though she is seen as the sporty one of the 3 of us, she still has a lot of friends who have similar interests as Grace or I, giving us a lot of the same friends. It's nice not to be considered the "cool older sister", I am just like the rest of them.

While we do fight a lot, we make up really quickly, because most issues we have are stupid sibling fights: who gets the T.V., what to have for dinner, what movie to see. But it is always fun because there are 3 of us, which means majority rules, something we tend to go by most of the time depending on the situation.

Having 3 teenagers in the house can be a handful for our parents though, when you have three teenage girls going through puberty at relatively the same time, it can be grueling, especially when you are all on your period at the same time.. (yes, that has happened before) (and yes, it sucks). While I am on the topic, let's say a prayer and a thank you to my dad for dealing with 5 girls (including the dog, obviously) because he does a pretty damn good job at dealing with all of us.

When we were younger, we always had a play date even when one was canceled. We all made up songs and dances and would perform them for our parents. We even had a band called The Halsey Sisters (AKA the female version of The Jonas Brothers) where we had a hit song called "We Got The Heart and Soul". It was a hell of a time. Let's just say the music video for that song is, interesting to say the least.

At the end of the day, I wouldn't switch my sisters for anything in the world, they are my rocks, and I wouldn't want it any other way, Grace, Caroline, keep doing what you're doing, because you're pretty damn awesome.

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