To My Family When I Come Home

To My Family When I Come Home

I'm kind of an adult now, so I'm going to need you to be patient with me.

About nine months ago, you left me in front of my dorm, tears in both of our eyes, all by myself. As my first year away from you comes to a close, I'm getting ready to return to the nest. And I can guess you're either feeling really excited to have your baby back, or you are wishing the semester would last a little longer. But whether you're ready or not, I'm coming home.

It's been quieter around the house. You haven't had to drive to games, activities, appointments, and events for me. One less person to clean for, one less person to cook for, and one less person to feel responsible for. It's OK to admit that you've enjoyed it.

I loved my first year away from home. I tasted freedom like I never have before, and I would like to think I was safe and smart about it. I figured out how to take care of myself in every way, shape and form -- I manage my own time, I feed myself, and I get myself from point A to point B. In just a few short months, I've learned so much about myself and the world outside of our little town. It has been an amazing experience.

I'm kind of an adult now, and as I adjust to life back home, I'm asking you to be patient with me. I have spent so much time getting used to a new lifestyle where I can make up my own rules and decide when I want to follow them; it may take me a while to remember how things used to be when I was here all the time.

Please remember that I just busted my butt academically in the two hardest semesters of my life and I'm exhausted. I don't want to think about classes or my grades or anything related to my major -- I just want to enjoy my summer.

Don't get angry with me if I forget to put my dish in the dishwasher or don't do my laundry for two weeks -- when I was living on my own, I could do whatever I wanted. I know I have to live by your rules when I'm home, but give me some time to adjust. I promise I'm not a slob when I'm at school -- I'm just a college student.

I've been away from home for so long and there is so much I missed when I was gone. So please, let me pick that local restaurant I love for dinner and allow me to hang out with friends every night if I want to. I've missed the things I left behind and I'm only home for four short months, so I have to enjoy it while I'm here. I promise to spend time with you before I go back to school.

But mostly, I want to say thank you. Thank you for supporting me and loving me through all the tough times this year brought. All the phone calls, worried texts about my taxes, FaceTime sessions with the dog, and surprise weekend visits helped me survive my first year away from home. No matter where I go and how long I'm gone, I'll always be your baby and I will always appreciate everything you've done for me.

No more exams, presentations, meetings, or lectures. For the first time in a long time, I'm all yours. And even though I'm coming home now, soon I will be leaving again -- so let me enjoy my time home with you.

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My Family's Famous Quotes

Every family has its own sayings that are useful in any situation.

No family is the same, and it shows through many things, like how they dress, how they were raised, and many others. Every family has one thing in common: they each have their own "family sayings." What I mean is that these are sayings that a family member always says, and they just kind of stick with family members. My family has many of these sayings that have stayed in my mind for many years, and I want to share some of them. I try to use these sayings whenever I can because I would want them to possibly pass on to other people, just like I am doing right now.

"If you have nothing nice to say to or about someone, then don't say it at all." -My Father

"Put your trust in God, and He will take care of the rest." -My Grandma

"It may not seem like it now, but your hard work will mean something one day." -My Aunt

"Forget the negative comments. Why? Cause they don't mean anything. They're words." -My Mom

"Once you get rid of toxic people in your life, you'll start to smile a little bit more." -Me

"Trust others with respect, even your enemies. You never know. One day, your enemy might become a new friend." -My Sister

"Even in the darkest moments, there is a light calling out for you to come back and be strong." -My Grandma

"Be strong for your friends. They need you as much as you need them." -My Mom

"Woof!" -My Dog

I never realized how much these were being said in my life until I actually sat down and thought about them. Every family has its sayings, and I encourage you to think about the ones in your life. Who knows? They might come in handy one day.

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7 Things My Little Brother Needs To Hear From His Big Sister

I do not tell you these things often enough.

A brother is the worlds best blessing. They are a great friend, supporter, and hero. God made brothers for someone to make big sisters laugh, love, and cherish the memories forever. My little brother is the best and here are a few things that I do not tell him often enough.

1. Continue to work your butt off.

All things come to those who work for it. You are one of the hardest working people I know and never stop striving for what you want.

2. NEVER stop trying to make us laugh.

Your jokes and your little comments make me laugh so much. You have brightened up my day more times than I can count.

3. The world is so big.

The world is so full of love and amazing people. It is so large and so many things in this world await for you to see them.

4. Anyone messes with you, they have messed with me.

I care for you more than I care for myself. If anyone tries to mess with you, they have a whole lotta big sister stuff to go through.

5. I respect you so much.

You have tried your whole life to get where you are now. I respect everything you have done and the title you have given yourself as a star.

6. You inspire me everyday.

I hope to only have the intuition and motivation that you have someday.

7. I love you so much.

Words cannot express how much I love you. Sure you are my annoying little brother sometimes but life is so amazing with you. Never forget how much you are loved little bro.

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