Thank You Letter To My Parents

Thank You Letter To My Parents


Mom and Dad,

Now that it's Christmas break, you are going to be getting your fill of me for a whole month. I am sure that by the end of these four weeks you will be ready to ship me back to school, but I thought that I would take this time to thank you for the things I take for granted, and never seem to remember to thank you for.

Thank you for sending me to college. I may complain about homework, tests, endless hours in the library, and saving money, but I need to be thankful that I am here. Not everyone gets to go to college, and not everyone will have the college experience I have, and I thank you for that. College is not supposed to be easy, but good things don't come easily.

Thank you for your support. No matter what major I chose, what sorority I'm in, you are nothing but supportive. You give 100 percent of your support, whether it be sharing my articles on your Facebook pages or wearing my sorority stickers on game day and coming to the parent events, and it makes me feel so unbelievably loved.

Thank you for answering my phone calls. I may call you 10 times a day, but it doesn't matter. You almost always pick up the phone and talk to me for as long as I need you to. It's hard to be a college student; you understand that sometimes I just need to hear a familiar voice. Our daily phone calls get me through the week, no matter how hard it the week may be.

Thank you for the encouragement. It doesn't matter how bad I do on a test or how terrible a class is for me, you are always there to offer some sort of encouragement. Things as simple as a good luck text before a test I am nervous about do so much, whether you know it or not.

Thank you for accepting my flaws. I'm annoying, bratty, stubborn, and you accept me. You don't try to change me, you just ask me to try to reign in my stubbornness and to be open to more things and to accept when I'm wrong. You love me unconditionally, no matter how mean I accidentally am to you, no matter how bad I may do in a class, no matter how cynical I can be, and for that I am forever thankful.

With love,

Your annoying, bratty, stubborn, but thankful daughter.

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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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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