Never Grow Up

Never Grow Up

Try and stay little forever
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Stay like you are -- never grow up. You are starting to become who you are destined to be, and I couldn't be prouder watching it and cherishing each moment. I just pray it would all slow down. I know it is selfish of me to ask, but I want you to stay little forever. Innocent, free, young. I wish you no stress or worry or hardship bigger than learning to tie your shoes, than coloring outside the lines, than the size of the cookie you get after dinner. I love you, and my message to you is to never grow up.

I remember the first time you wrapped your tiny hand around my finger, the first time your laughter filled my ears and the first time I held you tight. I remember.

Because as you grow up, I grow old.

My only hope for you is for life to be simple. For your life to be easy, easier than mine, easy and happy and beautiful, just like you. I wish I could pause it all here for you in childhood where there's no stress, no heartbreak, no struggle. Where there is no judgment, no doubt, no questioning. But I also want you to know that when those times come, I will be here. I will be your rock, your support system, your number one fan. I'll cheer you on as you shine and be watching you every step of the way.

Because as you grow up, I grow old.

There's just so much you don't know yet, you haven't experienced yet, and you haven't gone through yet. And some of it I hope you never have to. But some of it will also make you who you are destined to be, will change your life in unimaginable ways, and will help you be yourself on this twisting road that's called life. It will be those times that start to define you. It will be those times that you begin to find pieces of yourself you never knew you had. It will be in those times that you grow up without ever realizing it.

Because as you grow up, I grow old.

So my plea to you is this: Never grow up. And when you do, I hope you remember. I hope you remember the first time your finger gets squeezed by the tiniest hand you've ever seen. I hope you remember the first time your ears ring after the silliest laugh you've ever heard. I hope you remember the first time you hold something so gently and so tightly that nothing could ever be wrong in the world. I hope you remember.

Because once you are growing old, you've already grown up.

Cover Image Credit: Maddi Burns

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3 Reasons Why Step Dads Are Super Dads

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I often hear a lot of people complaining about their step-parents and wondering why they think that they have any authority over them. Although I know that everyone has different situations, I will be the first to admit that I am beyond blessed to have a step dad. Yep, I said it. My life wouldn't be the same that it is not without him in it. Let me tell you why I think step dads are the greatest things since sliced bread.

1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

I love you!

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To The Best Friend Every Girl Should Be Blessed Enough To Have

You definitely deserve all the love.

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I have not written this letter, but it has been on my list of "to write" for forever. She keeps asking when I will write one about her and every time I tell her, soon.

Well here it is. The truth on why it took so long? No words seem to do everything justice. No matter how I put them or how I want them to sound, the page always makes them look weird and they always sound lame.

But finally, here it is. Best friend, this one is for you.

First and foremost I will start with a holy cow. We have been best friends for only a short time because who knew your "in school friend" from all those math classes would actually turn into this? We put off hanging out outside of school for years, and finally, after suffering through all that algebra we decided enough was enough.

I wish we had sooner.

I wish I had gotten more time with you before we both moved away to college - but ill take whatever time I get with you because well… you're incredible.

Thank you.

Thank you for finally agreeing to hang out with me.

Thank you for listening to every rant ever - whether it was a paragraph long text, a 2 hour FaceTime call or an hour-long car ride.

Thank you for ordering planners with me and spending nights decorating them with me (we are such losers).

Thank you for letting me become a part of your family.

Thank you for going to Friendly's, IHOP and Target at the most ungodly hours.

Thank you for encouraging me in everything I do, and stopping me from making bad decisions.

Thank you for telling me the truth, despite if it hurt me or not, I know now you will never lie about your feelings towards someone (LOL).

Basically, thank you for everything you have done for me. You have made me a better person and you encourage me to be my best self every single day.

Moving on I want to make it clear how incredibly proud of you I am. I love getting texts from you about your love for your classes, and how you want to be president of this club and president of that. How you help out kids, and how you host events. I love hearing about your major and the classes you are so incredibly excited to take. Watching you be so passionate about what you are doing and becoming makes me want to feel the same way in everything I do.

I hope someday my kids are your students because, in your hands, I know they can change the world.

Last but not least, I love you. And you're stuck with me.

Love,

Your forever number one fan

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