A Thank You Letter To My Grandmother

A Thank You Letter To My Grandmother

Without you, I would be nothing.

Before I explain the endless amount of things I would like to thank you for, I want to express just how lucky I am to be your granddaughter. To have such an exceptional woman in my life is one of the greatest blessings I could have ever asked for. Your confidence and strength is incredibly admirable, and I would be content if I could just be half of the woman that you are. I would not be the person I am today if it weren't for your guidance and influence. Not many people are able to say that they lived in the same household as their grandmother, but I can. To many this seems strange, but to me it is all that I have known, and would not change that for the world. I could not ever imagine not coming home to your radiant smile every day, because some days that is the only thing that kept me going. Your presence is something I always want to be around, and that will never change. So with this being said I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for helping raise me and shaping me into the woman I am today. Thank you for doing everything in your power to make sure I've been given everything I could have wanted. Thank you for always telling me the truth, even when it necessarily wasn't what I wanted to hear. Thank you for having enough strength to keep our family together. Thank you for teaching I can achieve anything I want to with confidence and perseverance. Thank you for reminding that even when things are bad, it could be much worse, and that in the end everything will work out. Thank you for showing me what it is to be a kind and genuine person, because those are the two characteristics that make you so exceptional. Thank you for being my sunshine, and filling my life with such joy and happiness. So, while I could go on and on with expressing my gratitude, I just want you to realize how wonderful you are. You are one of the most important and influential people in my life, and without you I would be nothing. So, thank you for simply being you.


Your Very Lucky Granddaughter

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

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8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

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Essential oils are oils that come from flowers and parts of plants. They can be used in different ways, such as aromatherapy and topical use, and have several different purposes. There are many commonly used essential oils and others that are not as popular. My top essential oils are the ones that I personally feel have the greatest impact.

Everyone is different, so I recommend trying to do some research to find out which ones are best for you.

1. Lavender

Lavender is commonly used for relaxation and to improve your quality of sleep. It even comes in sprays so that you can spray it on your bed before going to sleep.

2. Tea Tree

Tea tree oil has a very distinct smell and is a little hack for treating blemishes as well.

3. Sandalwood

Another very distinct smelling essential oil. Sandalwood can act as a natural anti-inflammatory and also helps with mental clarity and relaxation.

4. Eucalyptus

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