Hey guys, you should feel a great sense of accomplishment after you read this.. and well, if you don’t then this will be the first of many apologies within this letter. Have a great read and I’m sure I’ll get a phone call soon with the words “I told you so”. Let me start this off by saying y’all have been amazing parents my whole life.. Regardless of what I’ve ever said out of anger or spite. You’ve been there for me more than most parents and for that I am extremely grateful. You’ve been great teachers through the years and even better friends. You’ve taught me not to be so hard on myself but to also never sell myself short. My parents are so different and they’ve each contributed to the person I am in different ways, so they deserve their own letters.
Momma ooh, didn’t mean to make you cry, if I’m not back again this time tomorrow, carry on, carry on.. I mean come on, it was a perfect opportunity to throw in a little Queen, I’d be crazy if I didn’t take it. Now we can get back to business. Mom, thank you for never giving up on me. Thank you for raising me solo for a solid 7 years, as a Mother now I can’t fathom the tough times you’ve had to endure being a single Mother for so long. I can’t express how content I was knowing that you were all I ever had.. and all I ever needed. Thank you for being the cool Mom, even if sometimes it got me into trouble. I love how close we are but yet we don’t have to see each other all the time. I’m so glad that we don’t argue like we used to. I will go ahead and blame that on my hellish teenage years. It was a dark time and I take full responsibility for the crap that took place. Thank you for being my guardian, my light, and for leading me in the right directions and always keeping me on the right path. I find myself acting more and more like you everyday, and that’s okay because I honestly couldn’t think of anyone better to be like. We have the same smile, the same toes, the same nose, the same personality, and the same temper. As I grow older I realize just how alike we really are and it makes me smile.
Dad, I’m sorry that I couldn’t think of a cool song to start your letter with. You’re cool enough already anyways. Thank you for picking up the broken pieces 15 years ago and raising me like your own daughter. I never knew how much I needed a father figure until I met you and we started our own bond. I’ve always looked up to you, I mean, I did dress up as you for Halloween one year. Thank you for teaching me how a man should act and how a man takes care of his family. Thank you for warning me about that one boy a million and one times, even if I didn’t listen. And thank you for still being there to catch me after he broke my heart, with no judgement whatsoever. Thank you for making me get a job when I was 15 so I could learn the true value of money. It made me appreciate how hard you worked for yours. You taught me how to carry myself as a respectful woman and for that I feel like I owe you my life. When I finally met my Husband you were the first person I told, because I wanted and needed your approval. Little did I know that Scott would turn out to be just like the man I called Dad, and every little girl wants a man like her Dad. Thank you for being the helping hand when we had no one else to run to. Words cannot describe how grateful I am of you, and everything you’ve ever done for me.
“I also believe that parents, if they love you, will hold you up safely, above their swirling waters, and sometimes that means you’ll never know what they endured, and you may treat them unkindly, in a way you otherwise wouldn’t.”
― Mitch Albom,
I love y’all so much!
Love, your only Daughter.