You May Have Worn The Prom Dress With Him, But I Get To Wear The Wedding Dress

You May Have Worn The Prom Dress With Him, But I Get To Wear The Wedding Dress

You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.

High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

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18 Things You Can Only Understand If You Are An Only Child

It has its pros and cons along with everything else.

Being an only child definitely has its pros and cons. If you are an only child, you know exactly what I mean. People are either always asking you questions, or just assume you are a specific way because you're an only child.

Here are some things associated with being an only child:

1. You are the oldest, middle, and youngest child of your immediate family

If you're an only child, you are basically every type of child all in one. You are not only considered the trial and error of the family, but your parents hold on to you so tight since you will always be the “baby”.

2. You are known to be spoiled


Yes, you probably get designer clothes or maybe get more money in your birthday envelope than everyone else. But, who else would your family spoil then?

3. People think you are selfish even if they don’t know you

The truth is, everyone has their own selfish tendencies. It really does not matter if you're an only child or not, it could just be the age of the person or the way the person was raised.

4. Everything is always your fault

If something goes wrong, you are immediate to blame. No more toilet paper in the bathroom? Your fault. The lamp is broken? Your fault. Too bad you can’t blame it on anyone else because there is no one else.

5. You have to do all the chores in the house

There are no siblings to share responsibilities with….including things like doing the laundry, setting the table, etc. You have to do each and every single thing by yourself, which can get very stressful at times when you have other things to do.

6. You always receive all the attention

As an only child, you are so used to all the attention being on you, that when it is not, you most likely get upset. Let's not forget, everyone in the family knows what you are doing at every moment because you are always in the spotlight.

7. You are always around adults, even from a very young age

It's hard not being around adults all the time when you are an only child. Especially since you can’t hang out with any of your siblings’ friends because you don’t any, so you are always around your parents’ friends.

8. You are close to your parents

Your parents are your life. You are always with them. It's just the way it is.

9. You are VERY family-oriented

Your cousins are basically your siblings. Without them, life would be boring. You most likely look forward to all family functions so you are around people your age.

10. If you have a pet, your pet is basically your sibling

You probably spend a lot of time with your pet(s) because they are always around when you are home like siblings would be. You talk to them like they are a sibling or a friend.

11. You always have to find a way to entertain yourself

Being an only child means always finding a way to always keep yourself occupied. Who else is going to occupy you when you are in a room with all adults?

12. Your parents are on top of your every move

Your parents know who you go out with, when, where, and why. Then, they need to know how you are getting there too. They know all your friends and your really close friends are basically part of the family.

13. You don’t have to share with anyone because everything is yours

No siblings? No problem. You are allowed to spend as much time as you want on the television or doing whatever (as long as it is ok with your parents).

14. Your pictures are all over your whole house

Who else would your family put all around? Your face is just everywhere!

15. You usually get what you want, when you want it

If you need a pair of shoes or some money for that school trip, the majority of the time you get it when you ask. There is really no need for your parents to buy anything for anyone else except you and themselves.

16. People are always telling you how lucky you are not to have any siblings

Like I said being an only child has its pros and cons.

17. Everyone always questions if you are lonely

Sometimes lonely, but always blessed. But in all seriousness, people don’t need to ask this. It's like asking if you're single and lonely.

18. When people ask in a room full of people who has siblings, you are the only one or one of few not to raise your hand

This is when you feel lonely, but being an only child is being different than the rest.

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Is It Possible To Have Multiple Homes?

A home is always a home, that's the best part about it.

Ever since we were kids we have understood the meaning of the word "home." Home generally has meant our house and the people who live in it with us or the town where we grew up. As I have grown up I have learned that a home means so much more than that.

Home defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary is “a familiar or usual setting, congenial environment.”

I never used to give much thought to where or what "home" was until I realized that I no longer lived within mine. I am a freshman in college and even though I only live in Northern California when I'm originally from LA, it's easy to feel as if it might as well be across the country. I did not go home for my spring break this year meaning that I have not been back in Southern California since winter break, now almost 4 months ago.

This may not seem like a long time but when your home is only in one place, it feels like a lifetime. A big part of growing up and moving away to college is being able to adapt and create a new home at your school. This, of course, takes time because you won't automatically fill a new location that you've been in for 8 months with as many memories as you had where you grew up for 18 years. Over time, this new place should be filled with people that you love and people who love you back, making it another home. Not necessarily a new home.

Home is where you are excepted as your truest version of yourself and despite any mistakes you make the people here will always still love you just as much. You belong to this place and the place belongs to you.

Home is generally categorized as the place in which you are most comfortable and don't have to pretend as if you are putting on a facade in order to fit in. Home for me is where I have my favorite pizza shop around the corner who does deals on Tuesdays, where I know all the streets to turn on to avoid the heavy PCH traffic, and where the park is where I climbed my first tree. All of these aspects are unique to who you are and yet add to the layers of comfort you feel towards a place. It is truly so much more than simply where you are from.

The super cool thing about a home is that its forever. Once a location becomes considered a home within your heart, you have permanently become a part of it and it has become a part of you. Even if you move away and create another home the old ones will always come with you because they have shaped you into who you are today.

The longer the separation between you and your old home becomes the less you may think about it and how it has impacted your life but it is still there. There will always be people there who remember you and people that you have impacted. Don't ever lose focus of where you come from and who you are because it is easy to let a new environment change you.

I will be going home in 3 weeks for a family wedding and I'm unbelievably excited to see my family and drive around on my favorite streets and remember all the amazing things that make my home so amazing to me. I currently only have one home which makes it so hard to be apart from it as I try and create another one at school. I have hope that over time and by the end of 4 years I will have two homes but until then I know Hermosa Beach will always be there for me. A home is always a home, that's the best part about it.

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