Dear Mom…

Dear Mom,

Thank you for taking on the lifelong journey of parenting me. As I have grown older, I have realized more and more how much you wanted and want to be a mom, my mom. From the day I was born, you wanted me. I know that you want to protect me from the world, but we both know that you can’t and that it gets harder and harder to do so the older I get. But do know that you have prepared me for as many challenges as you could, and that when I encounter problems in the future, I have tools I learned and received from you to work through them.

Thank you for holding me when I am upset and you don’t know what else to do. Thank you for answering my calls as often as you can. Thank you for making me a priority in your life, even as I become more independent. Thank you for investing in me. Thank you for always trying. Every time I move to another stage, things change for you too. Being that I am the first child, every time I change or move onto a new stage, it’s you first time parenting a high schooler, a college student, and soon enough a young professional. Parenting is a hard job, and I’m sure nothing quite prepares you for it. I’m a different person that you and Dad, and I’m probably different than the person you expected me to become. I know you didn’t necessarily expect or want me to be a business professional in NYC, but thank you for supporting my dreams, even when they take me further away from you. Thank you for wanting the best for me, and starting to accept that you may not know what that is. Thank you for working on trusting me to live my life how I need and want to live it. Thank you also for giving me the tools I needed to find that.

At the end of the day, you are the person I call the most. You are the person I want to call when I get exciting news. You are the person I want to talk to when I am upset. I know I don’t call enough, I still have problems I can’t handle on my own, and that I don’t tell you that I love you enough. Thank you for loving me through all of this, and always letting me know that you (and Dad) are my biggest supporter(s). I have been able to become the independent person today because I have grown up knowing I will always have support. I have been able to take risks, fail, learn, and everything in between because of your love and support. I am finally really happy with the person I have become, and I have you to thank for a lot of that. Even as I grow older and don’t need you as much, I will continue to want to be with you and have a relationship with you.

Love,

Your Daughter

For my first Writing Assignment, I chose the To my mom Assignment (4 stars) because I loved it when I read it. I really enjoy writing letters, and I have always wanted to try writing an open letter. I love seeing the open letters that people post online. I think it is so cool when you can connect with other people’s sentiments towards people or things in their lives. I feel like it connects us as humans and shows us the common human experience. There are some unique details in my letter, but at the same time, there are a lot of college graduates who will move to NYC, generally to the distress of their parents.

I also love writing letters to people who are important in my life. For Lent of my senior year of high school, I wrote a thank you note each day to someone who was important in my life. I think it is important to thank people for what they do for you, and my mom has done a lot for me. This letter was unique and was inspired by some conversations I had with my mom over the two days I spent at home this summer.

I have gone through a lot of changes this year and have been away from home a lot. I went abroad to England for the spring semester. A week after I returned from England, I moved into an apartment in NYC for the summer. Then, I had two days before I moved back in for my senior year. It has been a fun and life-changing year for me, but it has also been life-changing for my mom. My mom and I are very close, but I have always been very independent. I was seventeen my first semester in college, and at 20, I have already accepted a job for after I graduate in NYC. I am moving really fast, and although it impacts my mom’s life, she does not have much control over it. She loves and misses me, but is so happy for me to be happy. As my mom, she supports my dreams, even when they take me further away from her.

I felt like I needed to acknowledge that every transition of mine is also a transition of hers, and each transition, she has less and less control over. She never wanted me to live in NYC, but it ended up being the right place for me. My mom has done so much for me, and is a huge reason why I am able to be so independent now. I don’t call home enough. I don’t give her enough credit. I don’t visit or tell my family that I love them enough. I wanted to tell my mom thank you and that I love her.

I wrote this letter from the perspective of this year and what my mom and I have gone through this year. I used the conversations we had about my move to NYC. I also thanked her for making me the person I am today. I am happy with where I am right now, and part of that is due to her.

 

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