Things I Want My Parents To Know

Things I Want My Parents To Know

We don't realize how blessed we are, until we're pushed out into the world, and forced to stand on our own two feet.
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I was fortunate enough to be raised by two of the greatest people in the world, my parents. It's a funny thing really. We don't usually realize how blessed we are by our parents, until we're pushed out into the great, big world and forced to stand on our own two feet. My Mom & Dad have always been there for me and I know that they always will be. They were at every soccer game, every piano recital, and every martial arts lesson. They were involved parents, and I can't tell you how many times I heard, "Wow, you are lucky to have such amazing parents". They've always pushed me to be the best version of myself. My parents have instilled in me morals and values that I will carry with me forever. When it comes down to it, they mean more to me than I could ever put into words.

These are all the things I want my parents to know:

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for every sacrifice you've made. I know that I won't be able to completely understand this until I'm a parent of my own, but I can tell you how thankful I am. For the thousands of times you've put my needs before your own, for giving me grace when I messed up, and helping me fix my mistakes, for the time, money, and love that you have poured into me from day one, and for all that you still do, even when you don't need to -just because you are the most dedicated parents out there-, thank you.

You are my greatest role models. You two are my "everyday heroes", because that's truly how I see you both. You have always represented the highest levels of hard work, dedication, and honesty. You've shown me the great importance of faith and family. If there's something to be done, you don't rest until the task is completed. You serve without complaining, because that's just the kind of people you are.

Thank you, for the many life lessons that you've taught me about anything and everything. Whether it be politics, finances, cars, or careers- your vast wisdom on seemingly every subject still amazes me.

You mean everything to me. In the midst of my college years, I've come to realize that no matter where I go in life, I always want you guys to be there. A world without the two of you, is a world that I never want to have to live in. So, in case I don't say it often enough, I love you.

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Dear Mom, Now That I'm Older

A letter to the woman who made me the woman I am today.
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Dear Mom,

Now that I'm older, I definitely appreciate you a lot more than I did as a kid. I appreciate the little things, from the random text messages to constantly tagging me on Facebook in your "funny" photos and sending me pins of stuff I like on Pinterest. Now that I'm older, I can look back and realize that everything I am is all because of you. You've made me strong but realize it's okay to cry. You've shown me how a mother gives everything to her children to give them a better life than she had, even when she's left with nothing. And, most importantly you've taught me to never give up and without this, I would not be where I am today.

Mom, now that I'm older, I realize that you're the best friend I'm ever going to have. You cheer me on when I try new things and support me in deciding to be whatever person I want to be. Thank you for never telling me I can't do something and helping me figure out ways to be the best woman I can be. Your love for me is unconditional. They say true, unconditional love can only come from God, but mom, I think you're a pretty close second.

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Now that I'm older, I don't get to see you as much. But not seeing you as much just makes the times I do get to see you the absolute best, and I look forward to it every time. Now that I'm older, I'm not going to live at home. But, I promise to always come back because I know the door is always open. Your house is always going to be my home, and no other place is going to be the same.

Now that I'm older, I realize how much I miss you taking care of me. I miss you making me dinner, making sure I was doing well in school, and taking me to endless appointments. I miss you waking me up for school and then waking me up again because I didn't listen the first time.

But, Mom, now that I'm older, I can see all that you've done for me. I can look back and see how big of a brat I was but you still loved me (and let me live) anyways. I can understand why you did certain things and frankly, you're one bada** of a woman.

To have you as my mom and my best friend has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. So, Mom, now that I'm older, thank you, for everything.

Love,

Your Daughter

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To The Mom I Appreciated Back Then, But Appreciate So Much More NOW

I hope you're proud.

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I started writing this articles about three to four months ago when I told my Mom how excited I was for this new opportunity before "I am proud of you" was said she screamed, "when do I get an article??"

Well, Mom, I told you never so you would get off my back, but here I am - writing you the article you deserve.

Mom,

I wrote about this in my letter to you and dad about your divorce but it reigns true, going to college showed me so much. I found people cursing their mother on the phone, never wanting to go home to see their mom and hating their mother with everything they had. I sat there in disbelief. How can you hate someone who did everything they could to give you the life you live? Who got you to where you are now.

I appreciated you before, but college made me realize how incredible you are.

Mom, thank you for raising me as a single parent - I know that Dad was always a big part of my life too but you did so much for me. Thank you for understanding me and what I needed even when I was not vocal about it. I never told you what I was feeling but you always seemed to know when something was off. Thank you for giving the best hugs, every time something is going wrong or I am missing home all I can picture an image is coming home to hug you.

That warm embrace that through everything was always there. Thank you for encouraging me, pushing me and never letting me give up. Thank you for showing me a strong woman, one that refuses to accept the glass ceiling, one who refused to let anyone get in the way of her and her goals. Thank you for loving me, supporting me and believing in me when I refused to do so for myself.

I know there have been times when we get rocky and our relationship was not perfect, it is a mother-daughter thing for sure, but thank you for showing me every time that your love, care, and devotion to who I am is unwavering.

Your taco chicken will forever be my least favorite meal and your singing will always be the last thing I want to hear. Yet I would not trade those for the world, I would not trade your crazy outlook and insistent ways for anything else.

I will never be able to repay you for what you did for me, but I will forever be so thankful and appreciative of it, I hope I make you proud.

Love you most,

Your Daughter

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