Thank You, Mom, For Keeping Life Interesting

Thank You, Mom, For Keeping Life Interesting

You took me through life the fun way
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Thank you, mom, for taking me through life over the last 19 years. You have truly made me who I am today. I know I may not tell you thank you enough, but there are so many things you that I don't appreciate enough. Being at college has really showed me how lucky I am to have a mother like you.

I have learned of so many college kids who don't have a relationship with their mom like you and I have and that saddens me so much but also makes me so thankful for you. With all that being said, I feel like I don't say thank you enough for the little things, so below I have made a list of the twelve things that we do together that I am so thankful for.

1. All the times you've taken me shopping

From taking me toy shopping to taking me clothes shopping, you've always been there to be my second voice. If the stuffed animal was too ugly or it the clothes were too preppy. I could never doubt that you knew what looked good versus what didn't. Also, how can I forget to mention that countless hours that we prom dress shopped. Whether the dress be yellow or pink, you always knew what looked best.

2. Introducing me to Broadway

Thank you for showing me what I am now most passionate about. Broadway has become a part of me because of your love for it. Without you introducing me to theater, I would not be majoring in it at school, nor would I have had a rad collection of Broadway trading cards and a massive number of playbills. There is no one else I'd want to stand outside for for an hour and a half in the winter with just to get autographs.

3. Giving me a sense of style

I know I may deny this, but I do want to thank you for giving me a sense of style. You have taught me everything I need to know about clothing. Bell-bottom jeans are cool, if you have on a chunky necklace, do not wear earrings and NEVER wear white after Labor Day (even though I do it anyway, sorry mom).

4. Letting me sleep in your bed all throughout high school

I will never buy it when you tell me you didn't like me sleeping in your bed because I know you're missing it now. I'm actually convinced that you never enforced the whole "clean your room" rule because you didn't want me to be able to find my bed.

5. Going on long walks on the beach with me

You never let me down when it came to walking on the beach whether it be just the two of us, or you, me and Sydney. We always got some good sun and even better exercise.

6. Always making me yummy dinners (even when I didn’t admit it)

Okay so I know I might not always admit that your cooking is bomb. But your cooking is sooo good and I miss it so much. I miss having tacos and stuffed shells. Those were five stars meals you used to make.

7. Teaching me the key to life: treat everyone the way you want to be treated



Every since I was a little girl you always told me to be true to this rule. Treating other the way I want to be treated is a rule I will pass down to my children because I hope they go into life with the same mindset you gave me.

8. Singing and dancing to Kinky Boots all over the house

Singing and dancing is defiantly the way to live life. From the car to the kitchen, singing Kinky Boots never got old. I think we could maybe even audition and make it now, of course after you win American Idol.

9. Watching endless movies together

Thank you for introducing me to the one and one Madea. I loved the nights when we would just lie in bed and eat and watch movies. The funnier the better.

10. Trusting each other with everything

You never fail to be my support system. I can come to you with any problem and you are always there to give me advice or whatever needed.

11. Giving me a sense of humor

You have a pretty good sense of humor, I must say. You can make me laugh so hard that my stomach hurts.

12. And most importantly making me feel loved

Every day since I was born you always made me feel confident and loved. From saying "I love you" to giving me endless hugs when I'm sad. You're always are here for me. I can't thank you enough for this and, without your love, I don't know where I'd be, honestly.

When I become a mother, I wish to pass down all the good qualities you have given to me. I hope to teach my children you only live once, so live life to the fullest. And I hope to love my children just as much as you loved me.

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A Thank You To My Boyfriend's Family

Because you are so important to him, you are important to me.
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This one isn't easy to sit down and write because nothing I could say would do all of you justice in the way that I would hope I could. These are just words, but I hope that I am able to always show my thank you to you by treating him like the prince he is.

I can replay the moment of meeting each and every one of you all over and over in my head like it was yesterday. I was so extremely nervous every single time and I was trying to gather all the "right" things to say that would leave a good, first-lasting impression and that at the end of the day, you all would like me.

I think one of the most important basis and hopes in my relationship is that my significant other's family likes who I am. This is so important to me because whatever is important to him is equally important to me and your thoughts of me are crucial to our relationship.

The second I walked in the door, I was overwhelmed—overwhelmed with such a love. I had no idea at that point in time just how much you would all mean to me and how thankful I am for all of you!

Thank you for constantly making me laugh and feel at home.

Whenever I'm coming over for a family gathering or just to hang out, I know right off that I am walking into a world of laughter and good times are right beside that. You are all so entertaining and always have a good story to tell me. I can't name one time where I didn't feel like I was home.

And I appreciate the sweet, embarrassing photos and stories about my boyfriend that you all share with me! Even if it is by a photo, I have a glimpse of what his life has always been like thanks to each and every one of you individually.

Thank you for sharing your special moments in life with me.

You don't ever have to, but you invite me anyway. Whether it's just a family gathering, a birthday, or a holiday, I am thankful to have spent those times celebrating these moments in life alongside such amazing people. It's humbling and heartwarming to be a part of memories so unforgettable that you all share and that you have welcomed me to be a part of. They are days that I will never forget and have a place in my heart forever.

Thank you for always being there for him.

Since we have started dating, I have watched the way that you guys love him. I have watched the individual relationships and moments that you share with him make a difference in who he is. I have seen you all love and support him, no matter what he was doing.

With everything that comes along in life, this has been a simple reminder of an unconditional, loving, sacrificing family that is also the best support system. You are not only impacting him, but me, too.

Thank you for welcoming me in like your own.

Whenever you have to brave up and meet your significant other's family, I can say, for myself, that I didn't know what to expect. As I'm sure, none of you did when meeting me. Today, I catch myself wondering why I even worried in the first place. You all have welcomed me in your own ways and made me feel right at home. It is not always easy to do that with just anyone, but you have all taken the time to get to know me. And now I know that if I ever needed anything, I can call one of you.

Thank you for letting me date him.

I am most thankful for this. Thank you for sharing him with me and giving me a chance to show you all how important he is to me. I never thought that I would luck out and meet someone as special, kind, and wonderful as he is, but I did.

You have supported our relationship, given me a chance to love him, and welcomed me to new adventures in love and family. I have the upmost gratitude for each of you. You are the most wonderful, welcoming, and loving family. I am overjoyed to be able to experience just a glimpse of this life with him and with all of you.

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I Love My Parents For Making Me Hate Them

If you've never disliked your parents, they're doing something wrong.

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I did not have the "cool" parents growing up. I was not allowed to go to parties, drink, hang out with bad influences, eat sugary breakfast cereal and Gushers, or date guys who my parents thought were too old for me. I looked around at all of my friends getting permission to do pretty much anything they wanted and filled with jealousy and curiosity as to why that wasn't my life.

A very common conversation in my household:

"But *insert friend's name here*'s parents let them!"
"I'm not *insert same friend's name here*'s parents."

At the time, I felt like my parents were suffocating me and not allowing me to make the mistakes I needed to make to develop as a person. Little did I know, the parenting I had was the absolute best parenting I could possibly have had. Looking back, I'm thankful for all of the rules, punishments, fights, and boundaries, because it did shape who I am as a person and a future parent.

That being said, to those who think their parents are too strict: trust the system. Rules are regulations are crucial for teaching valuable life lessons, regardless of how frustrating it may seem at the time. I cannot express in words how sheltered I felt growing up compared to a lot of my peers, but I now understand the parenting style and hope to apply this same guidance to my future family.

My favorite way to describe the parenting style I had growing up would be by comparing it to a retractable dog leash. My parents always let me explore my boundaries and make mistakes to learn from them, but pulled my back when I put myself or others in danger. They knew the lessons I needed to learn through trial and error, and there were always consequences when I did things that they knew I shouldn't. Getting punished insured that I would repeat mistakes, but also created the necessary separation between friend and parent.

Eventually, it would disappoint me to disappoint my parents, and that guilt was almost punishment enough to prevent me from doing anything I shouldn't. Sometimes I did feel like I was missing out on a lot of the things my peers were able to do. At the same time, however, I knew it was for the best and that my parents had my best interest at heart. When I did act as a regular rebellious teenager, my parents always were on my team and made sure I felt loved and cared for even when they needed to punish me.

Now that I'm older and have established right from wrong on my own, my relationship with my parents is something that others envy. We can joke around and act as best friends, but I also know that if I needed it, my parents would always be there to help me with life's hardest problems and decisions. The fights we had when I was younger and the teenage attitude is now something we can look back and laugh about.

Using my parents as models, I now know how I would one day like to raise my own children. Obviously, all kids are different and there are some things I would change. However, I know that if my children never hate me, I would not be doing my job correctly. I appreciate all of the times I felt like I was restricted and couldn't be who I wanted to be because now I realize that my parents were shaping me into the best person I could possibly be, and that's what I wish I would have wanted all along.

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