An Open Letter To My Mom

An Open Letter To My Mom

Thank you for everything.

My boyfriend started to read over my shoulder as I tried to write my article for this week, and as he does so, he says, "Cliche. You are so cliche." Well, boyfriend of mine, how is this for cliche?

I haven't always known the woman I call my mom. That's not to say I haven't known her for a while. I have. I've known her since I was a little younger than two.

Now I'm sure most of you have heard of the "evil step-mom" cliche. My mom is anything but.

Sure, she has her moments of what my little brother calls "mama bear," but I wouldn't trade her for the world.

She's always there for me. She helps me even when she's 150 miles away from me.

Just this past week, I told her that my glasses were broken. She immediately calls me, and tells me what I need to do. A week later, I have a package in the mail with my new glasses and some snacks.

I find it hard to always let her know how much I appreciate her. Sometimes, she doesn't believe me. I figured, why not write an article for her without her knowing?

So here it goes.

Mom, thank you for continuing to support me throughout all my endeavors. Thank you for your unwavering support. I wouldn't be where I am without you or dad.

I've never known you not to believe in what I'm doing. You've always told me to follow my dreams, despite my dreams being sometimes outrageous.

I also want to thank you for introducing me to two things that I love. Singing and reading. You may not realize it, but without your constant nagging or devotion to two things you love, I wouldn't love them either. I wouldn't be in my major. I wouldn't be in my a cappella group.

There are so many things I have adopted thanks to you. While I may not be your child by blood, I am by heart. Never forget that. I love you.

Thank you, mom. For everything you've done and everything you will continue to do for me. Words cannot describe how much you mean to me.

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A Letter To My Best Friend On Valentine's Day

Because you are my ultimate Valentine.

To my beautiful best friend,

Warning: This letter is about to get extremely cheesy. I am talking four cheese lasagna cheesy. But no one deserves a love letter like this more than you do.

This Valentine’s Day, I want to express my love for you. On this wondrous occasion with which most people express their love to their significant other, I want to tell you, my best friend, how much I cherish our friendship.

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You are the ultimate love of my life. Boys have come and gone but you remain a constant; for that I am grateful. You have been there for me when my family could not be; for that I am grateful. You have been my backbone, my rock, and all those other clichés people use to describe the people they care about, and yet you have been so much more than that as well; for that I am grateful.

All my love this Valentine’s Day goes out to you, my friend, because you do not receive it enough. You have picked me up out of the dirt, brushed me off, and kissed my wounds more times than I can count, and I will never be able to thank you enough for that, but I am sure am going to try.

Thank you for the midnight cries. Thank you for the midnight laughs. Thank you for ordering way too much food with me and still just eating it all. Thank you for the advice, both solicited and unsolicited. Thank you for telling me what I need to hear, even when it isn’t what I want to hear. Thank you for the silly pictures. Thank you for the stupid inside jokes. Thank you for making bad decisions with me. Thank you for laughing with me and laughing at me. Thank you for the endless memories.

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More than anything, I want you to know that I love you. I love you. You are the family I get to choose, the one I go to when I have nowhere else to turn. You are the one I know I can always run to, whether we saw each other yesterday or haven’t seen each other in a year. You have played a part in molding who I am as a person, and I am so grateful for having such an amazing person affecting my life in such a positive way.

With all the love in my heart,

Your friend
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Things To Do For Your Parents on Valentine's Day

Treat your parents this Valentine's Day!


February 14 is seen as a romantic date for you and your significant other, and that's how my parents took it. They got married on Valentine's Day as an ode to romance. This year marks their 10-year wedding anniversary and as their oldest daughter, I've tasked myself with giving them some great gifts.

Here are four things to do for your parents if you're struggling with ideas!

1. Make a reservation for two (for your parents!)

Candle-lit dinners are a staple for romance. Search for restaurants near your parents that they've never been before and set them on their way! And if you want to be extra nice, give them some cash for their dinner!

2. Take cute pictures of you and your siblings

One thing your parents love just as much as each other (if not, more) is you and your siblings! Grab your sisters and brothers for a cute photo shoot, have each kid write a note either on the frame or the pictures itself, wrap it up and give it to your parents!

3. Take some responsibility off their shoulders

Our parents do a lot for us, so this Valentine's Day give them a break! If they normally do the dishes, laundry or other household chores, grab your siblings to divide and conquer. If you can afford it, give them some gas or lunch money. Try to make their life just a little bit easier!

4. DIY a date night for your parents

Some parents are homebodies, but they can have just as wonderful night by staying in! One DIY indoor date could be dinner and a movie! Make them a delicious dinner with a nicely decorated table for dinner. Decorate your living room with lights, pillows, and blankets for comfort. Set popcorn, candy, and other movie snacks on the coffee table and fire up Netflix. This all makes for a cozy night in!


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