For Being My Best Friend, And 49 Other Reasons I Love My Mom

For Being My Best Friend, And 49 Other Reasons I Love My Mom

Dare you to make a list too. It will open your eyes to how awesome moms are, promise.

  1. Carrying me around and letting me grow for 9 months
  2. Giving me a place to live
  3. Teaching me to walk
  4. Giving me food
  5. Making my lunch for school
  6. Helping me with homework
  7. Constant support
  8. Driving me around to places
  9. Buying me clothes
  10. Cooking dinner for the family
  11. Letting me try new things
  12. Helping me plan my future
  13. Letting us adopt a dog
  14. Cleaning
  15. Being a positive role model
  16. Going to all my lacrosse games
  17. Going to all my dance competitions
  18. Willing to pay for all my dance
  19. Always capturing childhood memories
  20. The photo albums she used to make
  21. Doing laundry
  22. Sparking imagination
  23. Waking me up in the morning
  24. Saving money for me to go to college
  25. Letting me go to college.... wherever I want
  26. For letting me know that she will support me no matter what career path I'll take
  27. Paying attention to the things going on in my life
  28. Making sure I never go to sleep sad
  29. Always staying positive
  30. Telling me when I'm doing things wrong
  31. Telling me when I'm doing things right
  32. Teaching me how to be independent... kind of
  33. Trusting me
  34. The funny stories she has for me when she comes home from work
  35. Taking me to the doctor when I'm sick or just for a check up
  36. Ratting me out the doctor when I lie about eating healthy... guess she would like me to hear the lecture from someone else
  37. Having us live in a house that belongs to a good school district
  38. Exposing me to community service and helping others
  39. Teaching me that I shouldn't take what I have for granted
  40. Being proud of me for things that wouldn't matter to anyone else
  41. Always reminding me that family comes first and that she will always be there
  42. The hugs she gives me after a bad day
  43. Planning family vacations
  44. The carpools she used to take part in
  45. When she buys me frango mints on all the holidays
  46. She has the same sweet tooth as me
  47. Taking me to church every Sunday
  48. Not pushing religion on me
  49. She puts me and my sister before herself
  50. For being my best friend

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Losing A Grandparent Changed My Life

Live for them, and give them a legacy to be proud of.

Death isn’t what the average 20-something thinks about every day. You don’t think it will happen to you, or the people around you. You know that it exists because you see heart-wrenching reports on the news daily of another life lost to ignorance or hate.

Yes, losing a grandparent definitely changes your life. For some of us, it's a drastic change. To others: they knew it was coming. Still, some weren't even close to their grandparents because they lived too far away from each other to build a relationship in person.

I can't even fathom that considering both of my grandparents lived a city away from me or across town. They are your second set of parents and the love you've had for your entire life. They are the lessons learned and the ones holding your hand through it all.

When my grandfather died (affectionately known to me as Papa), my life changed. I watched him take his last breath in the hospital alone. I called my mother to tell her that her father died. In that moment: my emotionally sheltered life was torn apart. In that moment: I had to grow up. The person I had leaned on my entire life was gone.

I literally reconsidered everything I had done in my life in a matter of hours. I thought about college, finally graduating and walking across that stage: cords swinging and my tassel hanging there. That was his biggest dream for me, we were only a year away from it when he left this earth.

When a grandparent passes they take a part of you: big or small. When you were younger you planned out life with them. You shared your dreams with them, your insecurities, your childish ways and most of all you shared your love.

They, in turn, taught you lessons about life, helped you realize those dreams, and never let you go without being told you were loved every single time they saw you. They are the suppliers of happiness, security, and laughs. Friends come and go, but your family stays with you forever.

The bottom line is: most everyone knows what it's like to lose a grandparent. We all cope differently, and leaning on others is the best way to keep yourself up. Facing the reality of death is the only way we can accept it and move on. Moving on doesn't mean forgetting, it means understanding. We were lucky enough to have these amazing people to guide us through our younger years, teaching us these vital lessons.

I can't tell you how many times a day I wish I had my papa back. Learning to cope without them is the hardest part, even years later. Grandparents prepare you for life's greatest gains. Little did they know they would be their grandchildren's biggest loss. Live for them, and give them a legacy to be proud of.

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What It Is Really Like Having Sisters Close To Your Age

While having siblings close to your age is pretty amazing, there can be a lot of issues that can come with it.


I come from a family of 5 people and 1 dog. I have 2 sisters, Grace and Caroline. We are all pretty close in age, Caroline being the youngest and 3 years younger than me.

My sisters and I share a bond like no one else, no one can replicate it. When you have siblings close to your age you have built-in best friends, and since they are around your age you have the same interest, or at least, enough so that you can do things that other siblings cannot. Examples of this would be seeing R-Rated movies and going to the mall without too much complaining, along with being able to shop in the same stores or even share clothes. Grace and I sometimes even split the cost of a shirt we both like.

We even overlap friend groups! Which is not much of a problem for us, Grace and I are both in music programs which overlap enough for us to have the same friends, which is great for when one of us has a sleepover, the other can join in on the fun. Caroline, however, even though she is seen as the sporty one of the 3 of us, she still has a lot of friends who have similar interests as Grace or I, giving us a lot of the same friends. It's nice not to be considered the "cool older sister", I am just like the rest of them.

While we do fight a lot, we make up really quickly, because most issues we have are stupid sibling fights: who gets the T.V., what to have for dinner, what movie to see. But it is always fun because there are 3 of us, which means majority rules, something we tend to go by most of the time depending on the situation.

Having 3 teenagers in the house can be a handful for our parents though, when you have three teenage girls going through puberty at relatively the same time, it can be grueling, especially when you are all on your period at the same time.. (yes, that has happened before) (and yes, it sucks). While I am on the topic, let's say a prayer and a thank you to my dad for dealing with 5 girls (including the dog, obviously) because he does a pretty damn good job at dealing with all of us.

When we were younger, we always had a play date even when one was canceled. We all made up songs and dances and would perform them for our parents. We even had a band called The Halsey Sisters (AKA the female version of The Jonas Brothers) where we had a hit song called "We Got The Heart and Soul". It was a hell of a time. Let's just say the music video for that song is, interesting to say the least.

At the end of the day, I wouldn't switch my sisters for anything in the world, they are my rocks, and I wouldn't want it any other way, Grace, Caroline, keep doing what you're doing, because you're pretty damn awesome.

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