To my parents:
Thank you for:
- Deciding to keep me and not leave me at the hospital.
- Putting up with me when I yelled and screamed as a baby.
- Teaching me how to walk and talk, even though you might, once or twice regretted teaching me how to talk due to the volume of my talking.
- Putting me in the care of a competent baby-sitter and, by doing that, exposing me to people from outside our family and immediate social circle, and giving me an early mentor.
- Telling me to get along with my sister, she's the only one I'll have.
- Teaching me how to read. This is one of the things I am most grateful to you for in my life.
- Buying me lots of books.
- Trusting me to the public school system when I came of the age for kindergarten.
- Going to all of the little school events through the years even when you had things you'd rather be doing instead.
- Buying my cactus when my fifth grade class grew them for a fundraiser.
- Encouraging me to play an instrument and practice, even though I may not have appreciated it at the time (it took me a long time). You two instilled a love of music in me, especially in the classical music you used to play to get us to go to sleep.
- Hosting my sleepovers.
- Helping me transition smoothly from elementary school to middle school to high school.
- Telling me to get an alarm clock if I wanted to be woken up at a time other than the time you were waking me up.
- Promoting higher level classes to me, telling me that I was intelligent and could do anything if I put my mind to it.
- Instilling a love of travel in me, even if it just was to the ocean over winter break.
- Providing a stable home life.
- Talking to me intelligently and letting me form my own opinions about conversation topics.
- Helping me decide what classes to take in middle and high school, especially the latter.
- Teaching me how to drive. I'm sorry if it was hard on you.
- Letting me go on a date before my 16th birthday.
- Teaching me little, commonsense things about life, knowing that I have a tendency to forget commonsense.
- Coming to my rescue when I parked the car on the curb, but telling me that I had a lesson to learn from the incident.
- Volunteering for my school events and classes, especially fundraising events and field trips. Other kids might have been embarrassed to have their parents chaperone field trips, but I wasn't.
- Paying for the gas and insurance on the car. You might think it is a common thing to do, but a great deal of my friends had to pay one or both.
- Letting me go to school dances and stay up late every once in a while.
- Encouraging me to apply for as many scholarships and colleges as I could and supporting my final college attendance decision.
- Planning my 18th birthday party and attending my graduation, both involving lots of family members.
- Paying for so many of my college expenses. I appreciate this so much.
- Realizing that I am growing to become independent but every once in a while I need the help of one or both of my parents.
Hugs and kisses,