Dear Mom and Dad,
It’s crazy how fast these years are going by it seems like just yesterday that I was complaining about not wanting to move for my last year of elementary school. When I think about it now, I’m so glad that I did. I was able to have a fresh start, step out of my comfort zone, meet countless of new people, and start to settle down in my new neighborhood. Memories like these show how fast time goes by. Soon your little baby will be all grown up and graduating from college. I know these past sixteen years haven’t necessarily been the easiest, and I want to thank you guys for all that you’ve sacrificed to give me the best life possible.
Mom, I know it’s been hard for you, especially the last two or three years. You constantly hear stories about how successful and highachieving each of your friends’ children are, and naturally you feel pressured by it. How come I can’t achieve what they did? Why don’t I receive the same scores? How come I’m not as fast or hard working as others? Hearing all these stories, you’ve made it one of your top priorities to look at my studies with me so that you can help me if needed. For instance, the Presidents documentary almost always makes you fall asleep, yet you push through your drooping eyes and watch the documentary ten times throughthat way you might be able to help me in AP US History with your extended background information on our presidents. I know I’m not necessarily as great as some of your friends’ children, so thank you for trying to put that aside and solely take me for who I am to help me thrive academically.
Dad, it absolutely hasn’t been easy for you either. In our relatively stressful academic world, it’s hard to always be optimistic. I know I’ve definitely hit a few bumps in the road when I emotionally just couldn’t do it anymore. I understand how heart wrenching it must be for you to watch me struggle and suffer like that, so you take it as your responsibility to make sure I’m as happy as I can be. You oftentimes put aside your own thoughts to instead help me along. There have been numerous times where I was down in the dumps about somethingtests, grades, etc. and every single time you comfort me. Even though you’re probably thinking something different, the words that come out of your mouth are always consoling and calming. That’s not always an easy feat. A common conflict for you is whether my studies and achievements or my happiness is more important. It’s not an easy decision, and I’m sorry to have to put you through that, but nonetheless thank you for leading me back to the right path every time I start to go astray.
Mom and Dad, these sixteen years have come with hardships and obligations. You guys both never fail to sacrifice something on your endpeace of mind, rest, time, money to give me the best opportunity that you can. You guys want to see me off well and happy, and I must always remember that in my conquest to make you both proud.
Thank you for everything.
With much love,