I don’t want to fill your lives up with words addressed to people you’ve never met in places you’ve never been to, but sometimes life leads you down one road and you have to nod your head and say Thank You.
Wednesday is my mom’s birthday, so it would be wrong of me not to post this for her. She deserves it.
Day three of the letter challenge – your parents
Dear Mom and Dad,
Thank you for so many wonderful little life lessons that I cannot even begin to list. That said, it doesn’t mean I won’t try.
Thank you for reminding me on a (sometimes) daily basis how much money I really have in my bank account, and that I’m not broke. Thank you for reminding me that money doesn’t matter so much. Thank you for reading all the stories and novel manuscripts and flash fiction ideas and Christmas lists with excessive detail that I send you. Thank you for being more than a devoted fan, and more like constructive critics.
For calling to rehash episodes of The Office in a way that makes me feel like I watched it, too. For believing in the power of a liberal arts education but not forcing me to do something ultra-conventional with my life. For deciding that I should be in New York—not Philadelphia. And not just because you love the Giants and hate the Eagles, but because that’s where it’s all happening.
Thank you for not laughing at me when I do something stupid. For having impeccable judgment when it comes to the people in my life, but letting me ultimately make my own decisions. Thank you for cooking all my favorite foods while I’m home and insisting on sending me back with stuff.
Thank you for paying the tuition and rent each month, trusting that it’s not money down the drain. Thank you for teaching me about love and compromise and finding someone who is just as crazy about me as you are about each other. For not settling for second best.
Thank you for the hundreds of sacrifices, big and small, you’ve made in the last thirty years. For sticking it out through the end of high school, college, and the years that followed so that I could be here today. For always working hard and instilling that same belief in me. Sometimes I wonder how people can do anything less.
And of course, thank you for always being the ray of sunlight that breaks through the clouds surrounding the world. For being two seventeen-year-olds who fell in love and never looked back. For giving me the hope that divorce is not inevitable, that some things do last, that some stories do have happy endings. Thank you for not being another number.
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