An Open Letter to The Ones Who Were There First

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An Open Letter to The Ones Who Were There First

Josie and her parents celebrating her 18th birthday.

Josie and her parents celebrating her 18th birthday.

Josie and her parents celebrating her 18th birthday.

Josie and her parents celebrating her 18th birthday.

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Mom and Dad,

I just want to take a moment to say thank you. You guys have been there with me through it all, literally since day ONE. You’ve been there through my toughest moments in school from constant bad grades to me crying myself to sleep because the other girls didn’t like me. You were there for every little league game I played even though I was AWFUL. You were there for my transition from not only elementary to junior high but from private school to public school. You were there for me when I transitioned into high school. You were there for my first varsity race. You were there for my first actual boyfriend. You were there for my first high school dance. You were there for my first big heart break. You were there when I was in my darkest of places. You were there for my first prom. You were there for me on homecoming night when I was crowned queen. And you were there for every little moment in between. You’ve been there throughout the chaos of senior year, and we all know how crazy that’s been. So, I want to say thank you; thank you for it all; I wouldn’t be the young woman I am without the both of you.

Celebrating after the big homecoming win and the crowning of their daughter. Left to Right: Angel, Josie, and Paul.

I know looking at a calendar it may seem as if we have a while before I have to put my big girl pants on and move out, but in all reality it’ll be here before you know it. It’s been quite the roller coaster ride to get to where we are but it sure has been fun. You both have inspired me to reach for my goals, and I plan on doing just that. I know I won’t be all that far since Kokomo is only a 30 minute drive, but I’m going to miss the back talks, the sass given at the dinner table, mom’s constant early morning happiness, her good morning song, dad’s awful dad jokes, his constant picking on me, the girls arguing every chance they get, David never taking his trash out, the dogs being constant pains, and so much more. While I’m going to miss these things, I’m looking forward to the freedom I’m going to be receiving in the next year as well. I can proudly say that I believe you both have prepared me for what the world is going to put against me, and I’m ready to take on whatever it brings my way.

You both have taught me to never give up hope because God has a brighter plan ahead. If it weren’t for the two of you constantly reminding me of this, I’m not sure if I’d be where I am today or even be here at all. I’ve never given either of you enough credit for the things you do, and I apologize for that. You both have taught me even through the tough time that there’s something to look forward to. Even in our lowest of financial state, you both made sure to give us kids everything we needed. You did everything possible to make sure we were happy at all times. And most importantly, you made sure that even at the darkest of times when all of our faith may have been at question that we knew that there was good yet to come. I’d like to take a moment to thank you each individually.

Josie and her mom before Josie’s junior prom.

Mom, thank you for being the best friend I never knew I needed. Thank you for understanding when I need my space; I know this has been hard for you to do, but I appreciate it. I also want to thank you for understanding my need to have someone else to talk to. And an even bigger thank you for catching yourself when you say you understand and saying you could only imagine or something along the lines of that instead. I know you may not have always been prepared to have to deal with my anxieties and depression, but you’re doing a rockstar job at it. I love you with all my heart momma, and I’m so blessed to have you in my life.

Josie and her dad before her sophomore SADD dance.

Dad, thank you for loving mom as much as you do. She may not always admit, but your the rock that keeps her grounded. Thank you for showing me and the girls how we should be treated by a man, and what it’s like to be loved by someone. Thank you for letting me be my own person. Thank you for showing me what it looks like to work for what you want. Thank you for showing me that the tough times really do get better. You sir are my inspiration day in and day out. We may not get along all the time, but that’s just because we’re both immensely stubborn and extremely similar in so many aspects. I love you daddy, and I’m always going to be your girl.

I truly don’t know what I’d do without the two of you in my life. You’ve given me all the strength I need to get through all the bad things in life. So thank you. Thank you for not only loving all of us kids, but loving each other every second of everyday and making it shown.

Love you to the moon and back,

Your Favorite aka Josie

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