“Sometimes I think we waste our words and we waste our moments, and we don’t take the time to say the things that are in our hearts when we have the chance.” – Clay Evans, One Tree Hill

I packed my bags, and I headed out. I didn’t get the chance to tell my parents so much. I left without so much as a hug, goodbye, and even a call you later. There’s so many things I wish I could’ve told them. This is for them. Parents are there for you when no one else seems to be around. Give them a hug, call them, and thank them.

1) I wish I truly got to thank my parents for everything they have done for me. They have given up so much for me just so I was happy. They constantly made sure that I was okay, doing well, and had everything I needed. I definitely took that for granted my whole life.

2) I wish I would’ve apologized for being a difficult kid to raise. Let’s face it: I’ve always been super opinionated, and I never keep it to myself. I was also always very high maintenance, and I was super picky. They always separated my food for me, crust the crusts off of my food, and they made a special meal for me almost every day. Looking back, that was probably such a hassle for them, but they did it – without even one complaint. 

3) I wish I believed they were always right and did what they thought was the best for me. I never believed it at the time.  I always thought they were trying to punish me. But they were right, like parents mostly are, and had my best interest in heart all the time. They truly looked out for me in the smallest and largest of ways and showed they loved me in every way.

4) I wish I thanked them for letting me go to school pretty far away and in a different region of the country. I didn’t think that it would actually be that hard for them to let me go. It was the hardest for them to let me go far away to a place some people consider another country, also known as Texas.

5) I wish I wouldn’t have pretended to be too cool to miss them. I missed them more than words could describe. I missed my family, my dogs, my cat, and my home. They were always my biggest fans, and they still are. I didn’t realize it or want to admit it at the time, but missing them is the hardest part about going away to school, but it’s also one of the best.

Winnie the Pooh said, “how lucky am I have to something that makes saying goodbye so hard” and I think that’s describes it best. I’m so lucky to have had my parents by my side my whole life, and I’m beyond thankful for them.

Maggie B
FFL Cabinet Member
Maggie is a student at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She's studying Mechanical Engineering with Premed Specialization and Political Science. If her life had background music, it would be Fox News. She's a full time animal lover and spends most of her free time taking pictures of her cat. She loves politics, gold, glitter, pink, pens, lipstick, designer purses, Lilly Pultizer, and Kate Spade.

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