An Open Letter To My Parents

An Open Letter To My Parents

The college kid who is grateful for the things you have done and will do
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Mom and dad let me start out by saying thank you. Thank you for giving me life and raising me. I actually turned out to be a pretty good kid. May have been a pain in the but time to time but look at me now. I am all grown and in college.

It wasn't easy making it this far on my own and I have you two to thank for helping me get this far. By giving me an education starting from Kindergarten up to High School. Pushing me to my limits and telling me to buckle down on my school work.

There are times I didn't and regret it and wish I had listed to you. Thank you for all the hard work and dedication you have put into making me a better person. All the extracurricular actives you made me do as a child helped me form the person I am today.

Y'all have seen me at my worst and have seen me at my best. Helped me through situations I needed y'all the most in. Looked after me even during the times we had arguments and I stormed off to my room. Then you came in my a few moments later to tell me you love me. We had struggles to overcome while I grew up. From the friend, boyfriend, and family drama. You always gave me advice that left me questioning after we talked but I soon figured out what you meant.

Thank you for all the advice over the years. Some I am still trying to figure out and some I have taken to heart and still use today. From listening to your heart and being able to lay my head down at night knowing I made the right decision. Thanks to that I have made choices I won't regret. There have been times I didn't do that and I didn't feel right when I woke up because I didn't listen to my heart.

Thank you for everything you have done to make me the person I am today. Thank you for pushing me in school and telling me why I need a good education. I'm in college today because you pushed me hard through high school.

Y'all guided me through my first semester of college and helped me out with classes.Found the best way for me to go to be on time and made sure I was doing good. Y'all let me rant about the teachers I didn't like and praise the ones that have taught me well.

Thank you for all the fun trips and vacations we have been on and will go on in the future. The memories and unforgettable times. Y'all are a blessing and I will love y'all until the end of time.

Love,

The college kid who is grateful.

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What It's Really Like To Be An Only Child

"We are so amazing our parents only needed one."
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Spoiled. Mature. Lonely. Lucky. Stubborn. Entitled. Selfish. Independent. Immature.

They may all seem like contradictory statements, and in some ways, they most definitely are. And yet, they are all words that people have used at some point to describe me, simply because I am an only child.

It doesn't matter my family life, my personality, or my accomplishments. For some odd reason, we all seem to have some pre-conceived notion about those only-children. When someone finds out I am an only child, the most common reaction is getting is "Oh, that makes so much sense." Apparently, being an only child creates a specific persona. But in reality, if you haven't lived it, you will just never know. While some of the ideas may be very true, we only-children didn't choose this life. So stop judging us before you've gotten to know us.

There's not a whole lot I can really say to describe to someone what it's like to be an only child. Yes, it's true that I get all of the attention. After all, who else would it go to? But, that doesn't mean that I always like being the center of attention. I'm a natural born performer, so I certainly like my fair share of center-stage. But I too like my alone time, hidden silently in the corner.

I grew up spending a lot of time alone, so I most definitely have the ability to be independent. I do better with older people than people my own age, simply because that's who I grew up around. I spent a significant amount of time with my parents and family. Of course, I had friends my own age, but it still gives me a sense of security to have someone older there to protect me.

Before you ask, no, I don't always get my way. My parents were still in charge, I still had to share with friends. Of course, I was always the one to pick what game we played or movie we watched, but I didn't own the entire Barbie collection. Being an only child doesn't make me entitled, it just makes me who I am. I was always the youngest, so of course, I was treated as such.

Yet, I like to think that I am anything but selfish. I love volunteering and I love helping others. It's just who I am, it's in my blood. Sure I grew up as an only child, but my family really embodied the spirit of giving.

When I was little I used to whine, saying "I'm a lonely child." But in reality, I actually couldn't imagine growing up with siblings. Now, I have over 200 sorority sisters and I couldn't be blessed with anything better, I get the best of both worlds. I have girls who truly act like my siblings. We fight, we love, and I know we truly live for each other.

So yes, I may be spoiled. I am mature, and yet in some ways, still very immature. My role models have changed my life, and I now live the best of both worlds. I am independent, I am lucky. But not because I am an only child, simply because that's who I am.

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A Letter To My Mom Who Also Happens To Be My Best Friend

We all have friends but no friend is as special to us as our mom.
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To All The Best Friends:

We all have a best friend or two. Girls have many friends, but there is one friend we can all truly count on. We all know her and hope to be as great a friend as she is one day. She's that friend that's always there. The one you can always count.

This friend will be there at the drop of a hat. This friend will answer no matter what. This friend is your mom. Mom, mommy, momma, mother, or whatever you call her you know she's your best friend. My mom really is my best friend. Some people say that but don't really believe it.

Best friends are the ones we can tell our deepest secrets. The secrets that we trust everyone with. The secrets I tell my mom she usually already knows. When I tell her I'm upset she already knows that too. She is the person who is always the happiest for you.

Ever since I was little my mom has been the first one in the stands and the last one to leave my awards. My mom is there no matter what. Having my mom as a friend means I can count on her, but as my best friend I can always trust her.

Whatever she has to do can wait. Whatever she has going on can go to the back burner. When it comes to an event she's there.

To say I love her is an understatement. She is the best friend I'll ever have. When I'm sick she's there to take care of me even though she is risking getting sick. I've had four different surgeries and countless doctor appointments and she's always there.

My favorite thing about her is that she loves me unconditionally even when I do not deserve it. I don't deserve the love she gives to me but she gives it anyways; that and that alone is why your mom is the best friend you can ever have. Thank you to my mom and all the other moms out there that are our best friends.

Love,

The Daughters Who Are Beyond Thankful for You.

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