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Some Of You Don't Call Your Mom Everyday And It Really Shows

My mom will always the person I call when I need someone to talk to.

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Yes, I am 22-years-old and still call my mom almost every day.

I'll call her when I have something important to tell her or to say hi, and more often than not when I don't want to do my homework and need someone to talk to. She calls me in the mornings to wake me up for class because I asked her too and doesn't complain when I interrupt her work days with frantic phone calls about failing a test.

My mom is the person who I can't wait to tell when something good happens. Or when something bad happens. Or when I'm at a party and remember that I actually hate parties. (BTW, that's totally true- I once left a party to go sit in a friend's car and call my mom for almost an hour).

Maybe you think that's lame or weird, but I honestly don't know if I'd be where I am in my life without her phone calls.

I decided to go to college 2,000 miles away for the experience. To see if I could do it. But I never imagined the impact it would have on my sense of relationships and family.

Not being able to see my friends and family as often as the majority of other people has made me realize how important relationships are- and how much work goes into maintaining the ones that matter.

I actually have to try to talk to people. I have to put effort into the relationships that I want to keep because I can't just get dinner with them when I want to see them or say hi in the hall at school.

As I'm nearing the fateful day that is college graduation, I realize how important family is, no matter where we all are in the world. I miss being able to crawl into my mom's bed and talk about my day. I miss the sound of my brother listening to his music while he does homework in the room next to me. I miss the quiet dinners and not so quiet Netflix watching under tons of blankets while it snows.

So, yes, calling my mom almost every day helps bring a little bit of those missing pieces back together. Whether it's an hour-long conversation or a quick 10-minute wake-up call, each one is just as important.

So call your mom. Tell her you love her, tell her about your day, ask her about her's, make sure you cultivate the relationships that matter to you.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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A Thank You Letter To My Mom

For everything you've done for me, whether you knew it or not.

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Dear Mom,

As both Mother's Day and the end of my first year living away from home come to an end, I've realized the abundance of things that you've done for me that I have to be grateful for. While I can never truly put into words how thankful I am for everything that you've done for me, here's a few that come to mind.

Thank you for always listening to my problems.

And there's a LOT. You let me rant to you about everything and anything without judgement, and I know you're always genuinely concerned about whatever I'm going through. I never have to question whether you're still listening even after hours of talking, and I think I'd go insane without being able to talk to you!

Thank you for doing things you didn't want to do.

Whether it's going to the gym after a long day of work, going to get our nails done, or even going paddle boarding, you're always willing to try the things that I want to do. When I was a kid, you would always make sure that Maura and I had someone to practice our sports with or go on a bike ride with. Even now that we're older, I still I know I can always count on you to try a new restaurant with me or check out vacation spots to visit in the future.

Thank you for being so understanding.  

I definitely wasn't a perfect kid, and there have been some moments where I don't even know how to deal with myself. You never got mad at me over a bad test grade or sports performance, and that gave me the confidence to work my hardest without the fear of failure. That confidence not only got me through the years that I spent at home, but still carries through my work while I'm at school.

Thank you for teaching me how to be strong.

I have watched you face obstacles that I couldn't even imagine facing, and yet you did so with ease and always made sure to take care of Maura and I in the process. You never let the struggles you went through change your view on the world and still continued to remain positive throughout everything, and I try to maintain the same positivity in my life when times get tough.

Thank you for always advocating for me.

No matter what I am getting myself down over, you never fail to remind me of my strengths and how special they are. Whether it's an unfair teacher, a stupid boy, or an unkind friend, you remind me "not to let them rent space in my head" and remind me how precious my time really is. Even when it seems like the whole world is against me, I know I can always count on you to support me and give me the motivation to keep going.

Thank you for everything you have done for me, and all that I know you will continue to do. I love you so much!

Love,

Your Extraordinarily Grateful Daughter

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