The Man Who Never Left My Side

The Man Who Never Left My Side

I would be lost without my papa and his constant support.

Some of us are not as lucky as others, by this I mean some of us do not have a father, or father figure in our lives to look up to. I personally do not have a close relationship with my father, and have not talked to him in a couple of years now. He has been in and out of my life over the years, but I will give him credit for trying to be a good Dad when I was younger. We did not see him often but when we did, we always had a great time. Although we did not hear from him often when we were not visiting him, there were a couple phone calls here and there but they never lasted more than a few minutes.

I am so lucky to have my grandfather to look up too. He is one of the strongest men I know. He has always been there for me and never left my side. He has always gone above and beyond to make sure my family and I are happy and have things we need. I look up to him because he does everything he can for our family even when he is at his worst he is still asking about my sister, aunt, and I. He always wants to know how we are doing and make sure everything is alright. He just wants us to be happy, as we want him to be too.

He will listen to my sister Kalei and I ramble on for hours about random and pointless things when we go to visit him. But he always sits there with a smile on his face and tells us how much he enjoys our stories. He is a huge supporter in our future plans and goals. He is always cheering me on no matter what I am doing and supporting my decisions even when he does not agree with them. (Like my tattoos, nose piercing, etc.) I know he will always love me even when i'm at my worst and think theres no way that things will get better, he always looks on the bright side of things and has something positive to say.

My Papa is one of the reasons I push so hard to succeed in life. I want to continue to make him proud to call me his granddaughter. I want him to know he has helped me get to where I am today. I would not be the person I am today without his constant support.

He is always telling everyone about Kalei and I and our accomplishments, whether they are big or small he is always so proud and more than happy to tell others about us.

If I am having a bad day I know he is only a phone call away and can always cheer me up. He can light up a room with his laugh and everyone who meets him ends up loving him. He has a great sense of humor even when he is not doing well, you can always catch him trying to crack a joke and bring light to a tough situation.

Papa, Thank you for never leaving me, even when times were tough and showing me what it is like to have a father figure in my life. Thank you for your constant care, support and endless love. Thank you for being you, and bringing many smiles, laughs and joy to my life daily. I would honestly be lost without you and all the life lessons you have taught me. I really mean it when I say, you are one of the best men to ever be in my life. I could not ask for a better Papa and I am more than lucky to have you in my life.

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To The Girl Who Always Feels Left Out

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To the girl who always feels left out,

Girl, let me just tell you, I know the feeling. It feels as though my whole life, I have been that girl. You know that feeling when you are standing in a group of people and someone comes up and asks everyone to go to lunch in that group... But you?

Or they make it even worse by saying "Oh, I guess you can come too." You guess I can come to?

No, thank you.

At that point, you feel like the only reason you are being invited is that they feel like they have to. Which more than likely is actually the case. What about when you ask your friend to hang out and she can't because she will be doing homework all night? However, an hour later, you see her with your other best friend. Oh okay cool, sorry for bothering you with my friendship.

You know you are the girl who is always left out when you are the designated "photographer" or you have to specifically ask if you can take a picture with them because they are obviously done taking pictures and did not want one with you.

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We all know "Hey, will you take this picture of us?" all too well. Am I right, ladies? Oh yeah, it is fine. I hate being in pictures. I definitely hate taking pictures to remember this wonderful time I'm having.

What about when you and your friends discuss doing something later during the week and you ask about it but "It's probably not happening anymore." Then you check and would you look at that, your "friends" are having fun without you.


Oh but don't worry about it, I had things to do anyway. You know, clean the house, work on homework that is due next week, binge-watch The Office for the third time this week. Fun stuff. Oh and better yet when you see your friends are hanging out without you. The next time they see you, they talk about how much fun they had.

Oh yes, please tell me about how much fun you had without me. I totally enjoy hearing about how "I totally missed out" and "I should have come." Well, an invite would have been well appreciated. But maybe next time, right? Wrong.

Yeah, I know what you are thinking, "Wow this girl is being so petty." Well if you are thinking that, then you obviously do not know the feeling. And to think about it, you probably are not the one in the friend group who is being left out. So think about who that person is and make them feel included next time. It would be greatly appreciated. You do not know how much of a difference it could make.

Yes, I know everyone feels left out sometimes, but time after time, it starts to get really old. Then after you have to start inviting yourself to hang out with people, you realize well since they are not inviting me themselves, maybe they don't want me here. And then surprisingly, you stop hanging out with them. Hmmm, I wonder what could've possibly happened.

Yes, I know, most people do not do this on purpose. I am sure I have even done it once or twice without realizing it, and I am truly sorry.

From one left out girl to another,

Good Luck

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The Lines Beside My Grandma's Eyes

Wrinkles are our body's diary of the adventures we have had.


The photo book opens. Happy memories gush out, overflowing onto the table, they catch my eye and touch my heart. I know very well, the woman that smiles back at me from page five. I knew her when she stood five feet 6 inches tall beside me, not four by five inches as she is now, preserved in this album of captured love. Yes, I knew her when her curves were 3D, when her sound, her scent, her smile were a reality before me.

A beauty through and through, from ages zero till 92. She blessed the earth she walked on -blades of grass bowed down before she even took a step on them. The wind blew to embrace her. To describe her as beautiful would not be enough. I'm convinced her heart was so full of loveliness that it overflowed onto her surface. Even within these pages, she still catches many eyes.

Mine are drawn to her lines. My grandma's face spelled love in the lines that she etched there. Between her eyebrows, she held her worries, above them sat her sass. Around her mouth, she forged ridges from a lifetime of laughter and millions of kisses. But the lines that I'm most interested in are those beside her eyes. There, her soul took up the pencil.

These lines are tender, like the gaze with which her honey eyes held the world. They are riverbeds for tears of joy. They are the tails of shooting stars, evidence of her eyes' twinkle, her omnipresent obstinance to dream. They trace the strong cheekbones where my sleepy head used to plant a goodnight kiss and whisper, "I love you more." They zig-zag like her heartbeat, electrified whenever she caught a wink from her Don. They are the illustration of 92 years of wisdom.

I see my whole childhood, my hopes for who I'll someday be, and my strong family ties in those lines beside her eyes.

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