To My Mom: Thank You For Raising Me Right
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One day I woke up and I realized I have become exactly like you, which was scary, but also extremely flattering. No amount of thank you’s could ever be enough to show my full appreciation, but hey, let’s give it a go.
“Raised right” is a very literal term in our household. Not only did you raise me well, but you raised me on the right side of politics. You could say we watch a little (or a lot) of Fox News and closely share conservative values. It can be tiresome being in the minority opinion when it comes to Second Amendment rights, women’s rights, and foreign affairs. Sometimes I have thought to myself, how easy would it be to just go with the masses and “Feel the Bern?” However, we have never been ones to take the easy route, so why start now?
You have taught me how to stand up for myself, embrace what I believe in, and stay strong to my convictions. Arguably the greatest thing you have instilled upon me, though, is a set of values and strength that even money can’t buy. You taught me that nothing is a handout, and hard work can get me anywhere. Because of you, I know that I am entitled to nothing, but that doesn’t mean I don’t deserve everything I dream about.
What I loved about being raised in our household is how traditional it was. You never missed a cheer competition, piano recital, awards banquet, or a soccer game – even though I was horrible. You helped me with school projects, made sure we ate dinner as a family every night, and got us to church on Sundays. Most importantly, you gave me my two favorite people in the world, my little sisters. While we can be a handful, and some may even say a little needy, you somehow consistently handled us with grace and respect, while impressing those traits upon us.
You are my best friend and have always been my biggest supporter. So, today we are celebrating you and the rest of the amazing women and role models I am fortunate enough to have in my life. Love you to the moon and back.
Victoria is a North Eastern girl with a southern heart, style, morals and the hair to match it. She loves movies with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, pre-ordering her drinks at Starbucks, and obviously America the beautiful.
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