- Carrying me around and letting me grow for 9 months
- Giving me a place to live
- Teaching me to walk
- Giving me food
- Making my lunch for school
- Helping me with homework
- Constant support
- Driving me around to places
- Buying me clothes
- Cooking dinner for the family
- Letting me try new things
- Helping me plan my future
- Letting us adopt a dog
- Being a positive role model
- Going to all my lacrosse games
- Going to all my dance competitions
- Willing to pay for all my dance
- Always capturing childhood memories
- The photo albums she used to make
- Doing laundry
- Sparking imagination
- Waking me up in the morning
- Saving money for me to go to college
- Letting me go to college.... wherever I want
- For letting me know that she will support me no matter what career path I'll take
- Paying attention to the things going on in my life
- Making sure I never go to sleep sad
- Always staying positive
- Telling me when I'm doing things wrong
- Telling me when I'm doing things right
- Teaching me how to be independent... kind of
- Trusting me
- The funny stories she has for me when she comes home from work
- Taking me to the doctor when I'm sick or just for a check up
- Ratting me out the doctor when I lie about eating healthy... guess she would like me to hear the lecture from someone else
- Having us live in a house that belongs to a good school district
- Exposing me to community service and helping others
- Teaching me that I shouldn't take what I have for granted
- Being proud of me for things that wouldn't matter to anyone else
- Always reminding me that family comes first and that she will always be there
- The hugs she gives me after a bad day
- Planning family vacations
- The carpools she used to take part in
- When she buys me frango mints on all the holidays
- She has the same sweet tooth as me
- Taking me to church every Sunday
- Not pushing religion on me
- She puts me and my sister before herself
- For being my best friend
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You’ve gone a really long time without being thanked. I'm not talking about thanks for things like opening the Gatorade bottle I couldn't or checking my tires when my car’s maintenance light is flashing, but rather the thanks I owe you for shaping me into the person I am today.
Thank you for teaching me what I deserve and for not letting me settle for anything less.
While the whole world was telling me I wasn’t good enough, you were there to tell me I was. Whether this was with boys, a friend, or anything else, you always built my confidence to a place I couldn’t build it to on my own. You showed me what my great qualities were and helped me feel unique. But most of all, you never let me settle for anything less than what I deserved, even when I wanted to. Without you, I wouldn’t be nearly as ambitious, outgoing or strong.
Thank you for giving me someone to make proud.
It’s hard to work hard when it’s just for myself, but so easy when it’s for you. All through school, nothing made me happier than getting a good grade back because I knew I got to come home and tell you. With everything I do, you give me a purpose.
Thank you for showing me what selflessness looks like.
You are the prime example of what putting your family first looks like. If me wanting something means that you can’t get what you want, you’ll always sacrifice. From wearing the same t-shirts you’ve had since I was in elementary school so I could buy the new clothes I wanted, to not going out with your friends so you could come to my shows, you never made a decision without your family at the forefront of your mind. If there is one quality you have that I look up to you for the most, it’s your ability to completely put your needs aside and focus entirely on the wants of others.
Thank you for being the voice in the back of my head that shows me wrong from right.
Even though many of your dad-isms like “always wear a seatbelt” easily get old, whenever I’m in a situation and can’t decide if what I’m doing is right or wrong, I always can hear you in the back of my head pointing me in the right direction. While I may not boost your ego often enough by telling you you’re always right, you are.
Thank you for being real with me when nobody else will.
Being your child hasn’t always been full of happiness and encouragement, but that’s what makes you such an integral part of my life. Rather than sugarcoating things and always telling me I was the perfect child, you called me out when I was wrong. But what separates you from other dads is that instead of just knocking me down, you helped me improve. You helped me figure out my faults and stood by me every step of the way as I worked to fix them.
Most of all, thank you for showing me what a great man looks like.
I know that marriage may seem very far down the road, but I just want you to know that whoever the guy I marry is, I know he’ll be right because I have an amazing guy to compare him to. I know you’re not perfect (nobody is), but you’ve raised me in a such a way that I couldn’t imagine my kids being raised any differently. Finding a guy with your heart, drive, and generosity will be tough, but I know it will be worth it.
Dad, you’re more than just my parent, but my best friend. You’re there for me like nobody else is and I couldn’t imagine being where I am now without you.
Love you forever,
Your little girl
Last month, the Michigan Board of Canvassers gave the green light to a ballot proposal aimed at overhauling Michigan's electoral laws to add reforms like automatic and election day voter registration and straight ticket voting. A Detroit News Poll completed earlier this October showed "majority support" for the proposal and for good reason. From increasing voter enfranchisement to allowing for voters to vote more efficiently, this proposal can only help Michigan's population be more civically engaged by allowing more voters to get involved in the election process.
Although Michigan's voter turnout of 63% during the 2016 presidential election is higher than the national average of 58%, it is still lower than it was in previous years, such as when it was over 66% during the 2008 presidential election. Also, according to data from the Secretary of State, there are 200,000 Michiganders of voting age that are not registered voters. While this deficit seems small in comparison to Michigan's overall population of nearly 10 million, it is important that any number of potential voters can make all the difference in an important election. Recall that Trump only won Michigan by a little over 11,000 votes in the 2016 election. Maybe 200,000 additional votes could have made a difference. By allowing citizens of voting age to easily register to vote the day of an election through an automatic process that should reduce the level of work on the voter's part. While the specific details of this automated process are still being decided, there should be no reason to dispute Proposal Three in terms of voter enfranchisement, since involving more citizens in our electoral process is nothing if not meritorious.
Another important provision of Proposal Three is re-implementing the practice of straight ticket voting. This means that there will be an option on your ballot that automatically allows you to vote for all the the candidates in a political party in a single action. To explain, you would not have to bubble in each candidate individually if you intend to vote for only candidates of a single party. While opponents of this practice have argued that it decreases voter volition since it may encourage voters to not actually look at who is running for office and vote along overly partisan lines, approximately 30% of voters nationwide did not complete their ballots in recent elections nationwide. This may be because of the sheer number of candidates that larger voting districts may have. Chicago, while not in Michigan, has over 101 candidates on the average ballot. Larger regions in Michigan such as the metro-Detroit area likely have ballots that are similar in length and complexity to Chicago. By allowing people to vote for the political party they subscribe to in a quick and efficient manner through straight ticket voting, more voters may be incentivized to actually come out and vote in elections, which once again leads to Proposal Three increasing the democratic representativeness of Michigan elections.
As previously mentioned, Michigan voters will be deciding the fate of Proposal Three in the upcoming November 6th midterm elections. I strongly urge all Michigan voters to support this measure because, again, there simply is so much civic benefit to be gained at so little cost.