An Open Letter To The Woman Who Raised Me

An Open Letter To The Woman Who Raised Me

Thank you for everything you do.
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At just 20 years old I can say I am not ready to be an adult. I love being in college with my friends and doing whatever I want whenever I want. I have my responsibilities and duties but nothing compares to where my mom was at when she was 20. At just 20 years old, my mom gave birth to me and her entire world was changed.

Everyday since I turned 20 I thought about how my mom was this young when she first had a child. There is no way in my life right now that I would be able to care or support another human. In this past year I have grown so much from who I was when I was 19 and I know I have a lot more growing to do.

My mom gave up her dream to raise me. She put her life on hold to bring me into this life and be the best mom she could possibly be. This is why my mom is one of the strongest people I know. I praise her everyday for doing what she did. So many mothers are so young when they have their first child but I don’t really think we comprehend how difficult that is. I can’t imagine having a child now, or even in the near future. I have so much of my life to still live before I can think about bringing another human into this world.

So thank you, mom. Thank you for sacrificing your young life to make sure I was brought up well. Thank you for not giving up on me when you found out you were carrying me. Thank you for working to make sure you could support me and help me with anything I needed. Thank you for finally realizing your worth when I was 7 years old and being strong enough to leave and be with the person you actually love. Thank you for supporting me in every decision and dream I’ve had for my entire life. Thank you for being my best friend who I can tell absolutely everything to without judgment. Thank you for loving me unconditionally.

Think about the people you have in your life. Be appreciative from where they came from and how they are present in your life today. Always be thankful for the people that support you and are there for you no matter what. Hug the people close to you and overly tell them you love them because one day they won’t be there anymore.

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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.

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I love you!

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Finding your home away from home is easy to recognize. Home is a place full of love and laughter and that is what I found in Arkansas. It was a second home that I felt comfortable in. Feeling comfortable somewhere is not always the easiest feeling to grasp. For me, I feel the need to be in a comfortable place to be myself and call it "home."

I believe that it is essential for everyone to have a "second home" or a "home away from home." Having a second family can and does provide so much more love in my life I never knew I needed. I of course do and always will love and adore my family with my whole heart and soul but having these other people in my life gives me so much assurance that I'll always be surrounded with love and happiness. You can never have too many friends, too much family and certainly never too much love. So thank you. Thank you for welcoming me, loving me as your own, and showing me that having a home away from home is such a positive part of my life.

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