To The Moms We Never See Enough Of, Now That We're In College

To The Moms We Never See Enough Of, Now That We're In College

If I were to dream of being rich, it’d be so we could visit more often.

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Mom, I love you. I don't say it enough to you. I know it was hard letting me go, especially since I moved 2,000 miles away. But I want you to know, I appreciate all the love and support you've given me over the years. Both when I lived under the same roof as yours, and now that I'm on the other side of the country. You've always been my rock, the person I can count on when I need it the most.

I'm writing this letter because I don't see you very often and I wish I could. Moving away, being a broke college girl, from a family with not a lot is hard. It means I can't fly home whenever I want and you can't fly here whenever you want. It means we're left with a few days before we have to return to work instead of a month-long vacation of catching up and enjoying each others company. It means every time I get to see you, I learn to appreciate the time spent together even more. If I were to dream of being rich, it'd be so we could visit more often.

I'm sorry I didn't call a lot the first semester. It's one of my biggest regrets. Coming home for the first time in six months that first year was eye-opening. I didn't realize how much I had missed you or how hard it would be every time we had to say goodbye. I appreciate you staying strong with me over the last year and I know we'll survive the next three.

To the Mom I don't see often enough, I love you with all my heart! And I hope you know I count down the days until we can see each other again. Saying goodbye is really hard, and saying hello never comes soon enough. I promise I'll call more often, try to fly home more than twice a year, but most of all I promise to never let you forget how much I love and appreciate all you do for me.

The reason I'm here, on my own, surviving is because of you. You taught me to go after my dreams even when the journey is difficult. You taught me to provide for myself, budget, and the gift that is coupons and sales. You're the reason I'm the strong young woman I am. If it weren't for you I wouldn't have been able to achieve the accomplishments I have and to continue to pursue new ones. Your kindness inspires me and I aim to follow in your footsteps.

I don't like to say goodbye, only see you later. I love you, mom! And I can't wait to come home this winter. This may be my full-time residence for the time being but it'll never fully be home as long as you're not here.

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To My Best Friend Who Taught Me What True Friendship Is, I Can't Thank You Enough

"To the person who will love you endlessly, love her with kindness and understanding."
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Dear Best Friend,

You have been a part of my life for quite some time now. You have seen my good, bad, and ugly sides and have stuck by my side through it all. I don't know if I could ever find the words to truly thank you for everything your friendship has given me, but I am definitely going to try.

Our lives have taken some twist and turn these past few years, but we have stayed strong through it all.

Thank you for judging me just the right amount.

Throughout our friendship, I have made some very questionable decisions. A lot of people would say "thanks for never judging me," but I feel like everyone needs a best friend who's going to tell them how it is, to tell them when they are about to make a bad decision or how to avoid something worse from happening. You have always told me how it is (even when I don't always want to hear it), but I know that I can come to you whenever I need someone to set me straight.

You're always down to do nothing with me.

I think that you are the one person that I can call up to hang out and do absolutely nothing with and have a good time. From the nights sitting in and playing card games to ordering Chinese food and watching an entire Netflix series while I dance around with the cat: I know that we could do anything, and nothing together and it would be fun.

But also, you're always down to get lit with me.

I swear one day we will be two old moms at a bar drinking vodka crans and laughing about the stupid shit our husbands and children do. You're always down to go out and have a good time. Even if everyone else we're with is miserable, we find a way to laugh at ourselves.

You are one of the few constant things in my life.

I've lost a lot of friends in my life, but you have stayed by my side through everything. I can't remember the last time we actually fought about anything, but even when we do we can't stay mad at each other for more than a day. I know we will be in each other's lives until we literally keel over.

I want you yo know that you're the strongest person I know.

You've dealt with things that not many people go through ever in their life. You have always been so mature, and you handle everything with grace. You inspire me every day with your goals and successes and I am so proud of you and all of your accomplishments.

Above all else, you deserve the world.

It's so easy to get caught up in your own mind and think that you deserve the things that happen to you, but please know that the only thing you deserve is happiness. Please settle for nothing short of that. It may take a bit to find your happiness, but I will be there every step of the way. You're a remarkable human being, and I want nothing but the best for you.

To the person who will hold your heart someday, please do not break it. To the person who may wrong you, you will regret it forever. To the person who will love you endlessly, love her with kindness and understanding.

You, my best friend, future bridesmaid, godmother of my children, the person to bail me out of jail, the one who lets me cry on their couch for twelve hours,

I love you.

I will cherish our friendship forever. Thank you for being you.

Love always,

Your best friend.

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You Don't Have To See Your Friends Every Day

We all have lives that we're trying to balance.

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For as long as I can remember, whenever I would have no plans and go on Snapchat to see all my friends having fun without me, I would get FOMO. I'd get really sad and think that they didn't care about me because they didn't invite me. It would get me in such a bad mood that it would ruin any chance of going out with someone else who wanted to hang out.

I don't know if it was just my anxiety of people hating me or if it was a fear of missing out (FOMO). Even recently, it has gotten me down. However, over the past month or so, I finally realized something: you don't have to hang out every day to still consider each other friends.

Everyone has a life that they're trying to balance, especially after high school. People work (maybe even more than one job) and go to school. Some have to take care of family members or do things for their family. Some people are focusing on themselves. Some have relationships to maintain. Whatever it is, we all have lives that we're trying to balance.

We all want to have fun, but school, work, and our families are the priorities.

Even if they're out hanging with other people, it doesn't mean that they don't want to hang out with you. Free time is served on a "first come, first serve" basis. It's hard to balance hanging out with multiple people.

I also learned that it doesn't matter the number of friends you have. What truly matters is the quality. Ask yourself, "Who's there for me when I really need someone?" The people who are there for you when you really need someone to talk to are your TRUE friends.

It's not easy to be there for someone and make them feel better. If they offer to listen or give advice, they care!

I know that it may feel like you have no friends sometimes, but that's not true. Life after high school is hard at times. You're an adult. You have to do adult things and take care of yourself first.

You have to realize that everyone has a busy schedule and not all your friends' schedules will align with yours, but that's okay! You don't need to hang out with friends every day to consider them your friends. What truly matters is if they are there for you when you need them.

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