Hi Mum. Hi Dad.
There’s a lot of things that I’ve always wished deep in my heart that I could tell you, and I know that there’s going to be a time where I’m not going to get the chance to keep talking to you. Sometimes it’s difficult to muster up the words at times so I can’t always say them face-to-face, so I compiled this list to say just some of the things I want to tell you before you’re gone.
1. “You’ve always been the best role models.”
I could look at someone famous in the world and aspire to be like them, but the truth is that I’ve always asked myself ‘what would Mum do?’ ‘what would Dad do?’. You both radiate a confidence and professionalism about everything that is something to be admired.
2. “You have made me so happy.”
I have so many fond memories of all of us packed into my short life on this earth and I find myself reminiscing about them so frequently. Our Sunday roast dinners around the table make me remember how it is to laugh, smile, and savour the feeling of the company around me.
3. “I’m thankful for everything that you have given me.”
In a generation that’s moving faster every day, it’s easy to overlook a lot of things that I have been blessed with. A roof over my head, warm clothes , a hot meal on the table, and loaning money to me for emergency movie trips or dinners with friends. I’ve always had a place to call home and a support system to help me when the chips are down.
4. “Some days I haven’t been okay.”
I’ve had a lot of days that I’ve felt less than adequate and I’ve felt like the world is falling apart. With a constant barrage of ‘perfection’ being thrown at us from social media accounts and constant access to the internet, my self esteem can get flushed away pretty easily. I can never tell you when I’m having a bad day, so I’ve lied to you numerous times to avoid being fussed over.
5. “I’m sorry, too.”
As a result of that, I’m sorry for all the times that I’ve lied to you, even if they’re a little white lie. I’m sorry for all of the times I would have made you upset and made you suffer any sort of heartache at my expense. It’s never been my intention to hurt you, so I hope that you can forgive me.
6. “There’s no such thing as a perfect parent, but you’re both pretty damn good.”
I get it. It’s impossible to be a perfect parent. When you were new to parenting you were told that you ‘shouldn’t do this’, or ‘you shouldn’t do that’. You may have been told that you’re ‘too strict’ or ‘not as fun as ______ parents’. But, there is no other parents I could ask for. You guys have always loved me and supported my decisions while offering words of wisdom that you gathered through your own experience. Without you, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.
7. “If I grow up to be half the person you are, I’ll be a success.”
You taught me to stand up for what I believe in, but to be open to new ideas and suggestions. Your capacity for love knows no bounds, and if I can reciprocate just one ounce of the love that you graced me with through my life, then I know that I’ll be a good person. Thank you for always trying to get me to see the silver lining in every problem and for teaching me how to find a solution, no matter what it took.
8. “You don’t value yourself enough.”
You might not be a technologically savvy as our younger generation, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t intelligent. Without you, I wouldn’t have learned to tie my shoes, read a book, or even how to do my taxes. I know how to not starve of hunger because you taught me to cook. You taught me the art of conversation through quick-witted banter. You’ve aged, but your smile still lifts my spirit and projects an inner beauty that in unparalleled.
9. “The thought of saying goodbye frightens me.”
All I’ve ever known in life is that home is where you are. The idea of having to say goodbye to the two prominent figured in my life breaks my heart. You’ve always been there for me through the good times and the bad. You have made me laugh and held me when I cried. When you’re gone, there’s going to be this empty space inside of me that can never be filled.
10. “You are loved.”
Mum, Dad, you were my first loves and nothing will ever change that. We may have butted heads over things, but looking back, they’re such trivial things to get upset over. I hope you’ve never doubted for once in your life that you were never loved as much as you loved me. We’ll grow older, and I’ll be there for you just as you were for me. Above everything else, I need you to know that I love you. Always.
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