An Open Letter To My Parents As I Go Back To School

An Open Letter To My Parents As I Go Back To School

As I head back to school

Despite all my excitement to be leaving home, I will miss you! I hope that you guys know that you can’t be replaced and that I will always need you. Please do not see my excitement as a lack of love for you. I know you guys will miss my messy room so please, stop trying to convince me you won’t. And Mom, you’ll even miss me forgetting to take out the trash, don’t deny it.

Mom, I will miss our late night chats and the girls’ nights. You are always there for me and I’m so glad that our relationship has grown beyond a mom and daughter one to being awesome friends. As you always say “I’m on your back because I’m the only one that’s got it”. I’ve seen the truth in that year after year and all I can say is thank you. Thank you for lifting me up when I was down and for never letting me stop believing in myself. Also, please don’t watch too much Scandal without me! Elton John said it best, “I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words, how wonderful life is while you’re in the world”.

Dad, you have coached me through every sport and through every year, I have to say I miss those sideline chats. Whether I had seven goals or had missed every shot, you always had someway for me to improve my game. You have always pushed me to be stronger, faster, and overall a better person. You kept me humble and hungry for success, after all we both know that the legs feed the wolves. You taught me to do things for myself no matter what anyone else thinks. As Herb Brooks said “Common men go nowhere, you have to be uncommon”. You taught me to be uncommon, to push myself in everything I do. I’ve learned so much from you, thank you. Even though I don’t want to be an engineer, I can hear your words in my mind before every test “You can always be an engineer” and it motivates me to do better.

You have always told us, your kids, that we are your calling cards. There isn’t anything you wouldn’t do for us and I want you to know that we are forever grateful. I can only hope that I am making you proud of me. You have raised me to be strong enough to handle all the stress of college and living on my own, I can do this so please don’t worry. I know it’s your job to worry but have faith that you taught me to make good choices and to be a strong young woman. I owe it all to you guys. I am chasing my dreams because you, my parents, have given me the wings to shoot for the moon. Thank you, for every sacrifice you have made on my behalf and I know I probably didn’t deserve a lot of them.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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A Poem: My Mother

In honor of Mother's Day, that was on the 12th, here is a poem dedicated to my mother.


To the only person who can be my mentor, friend, and leader at the same time

To someone who would make me read my own books before bedtime

And puts everything down to make sure there is a smile on my face

To the person that I find impossible to ever replace.

Somehow you are always right even when it seems wrong

And when the worst does happen, how do you still manage to stay so strong?

I'm not only impressed but inspired by you

Knowing that somehow you'll always know me better than I do.

When I'm frustrated and annoy you, you simply try to understand me

Because you have always told me that even when you can't understand, plain acceptance is the key

You have listened to all my laughs, heard me cry, and felt my emotions like they were your own

You are the only reason I am joyous and the security I need to know that I am never alone.

To the only person who has truly taught me how to live

And watched me grow and make mistakes yet still knows how to forgive

Because that's who she is, certainly not like any other

There are many women but none like my own mother.

Happy Mother's Day!

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