A Letter To My Public School

A Letter To My Public School

Thank you for all that you did for me.

I attended public school throughout my elementary, middle school, and high school career. I stayed in the same school district. Being small, we all formed relationships not only with our classmates, but with the teachers and associates within our buildings. So today I write to the teachers and associates of my public school system to say thank you. Thank you for helping to make me who I am today.

Thank you to the teachers who taught with passion. There is no doubt that all of you loved the subject you taught. For my elementary teachers who taught all subjects, you could see the passion you had for children. You only wanted to help us be successful. Yes, we tried you patience multiple times, but never once did you give up on us. You taught us how to earn our grades. And I can't thank you enough for that.

Thank you to the associates that helped wherever they were needed. The ones who came and helped with math homework, library check out, watching us at lunch and recess, and occasionally subbed for a period if a teacher needed to step away. You did so much for us behind the scenes, and we never even took the time to thank you. I know it's late, but thank you for everything you did.

Thank you to the school nurse who helped us get through the day. I saw my school nurse more often than most of the kids at my school, and let me tell you, it takes a special kind of person to do that job. You took care of us, showed us kindness and love, but when it came down to it you gave us the "tough love" treatment and sent us back to class.

Thank you to the janitors for picking up after us. We tried to be as neat as we could be, but sometimes we just didn't do as well as others. For cleaning up the puke in the hallway, for mopping up the water we brought in with us from a snowy day, thank you. And I'm sorry for any extreme mud tracks that came through because of me.

Thank you to our principals. You helped the school run and you enforced the rules. While I rarely agreed with your decisions or what you would or would not handle as I got older, you only wanted what was best for your school. So, thank you.

Thank you to our lunch ladies for doing the best they could with what they had. We all know school lunch programs are seriously underfunded, but you tried the best you could to give us something good to eat. You even take the time to remember that you don't want gravy on your potatoes, or that you don't want cheese in your chili. You are amazing people. You don't get nearly enough credit for the work that you do.

Thank you to our bus drivers for getting us safely to and from school. For the times you gave us candy before a break. For the times you turned up the radio or changed the station when we asked. For the early morning pick ups and the late night drop offs. Thank you for all that you did.

Last but not least I need to say thank you to our school secretaries. The ones that know a parent's voice over the phone. The ones that ask how grandma and grandpa are doing. And especially the ones that call you to the office during open house when you are no longer in that building. It is no secret that you really do run the school. You take care of more than just the things in your job description. Thank you for making school a place that feels safe and sound. Because without you we know that our lives would be in utter chaos.

Our public school workers deserve a huge thank you. They do not deserve the treatment they have been getting. I loved my public school experience overall. I knew my teachers cared. My secretary knew me by name, and always asked how my family was. Our public schools hold the real heroes to our nation. And we need to start treating them as such.

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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