Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I want you to know

I started this list a while ago, and on the eve of Thanksgiving, I thought now was an appropriate time to post it.  I have thought a lot about what I want to teach Rory and what I want her to know, so I started making a list.  This sort of thing, comes with the parent territory I think.  It is a difficult balance of being over protective, and sheltering her too much, and being protective enough, only letting her test her wings enough for the lesson.

I want you to know:

  • You were loved before you were even a thought
  • What it feels like to get your heart broken
  • What it feels like to find that perfect someone
  • Not everyone is your friend
  • How to be a best friend to someone else
  • No matter how hard you try, you can’t please everyone
  • If someone is truly your friend, they won’t abandon you for someone or something else
  • There is no substitute for hard work
  • You should never be afraid to love someone
  • How to stand up for yourself and not be a door mat
  • Where you come from and where you are going
  • ‘Smart’ is something that you have to work hard to be
  • What it feels like to struggle to accomplish something and how it feels to finally complete your task
  • That that little voice inside of you shouldn’t be ignored.
  • Never outsmart your own common sense
  • God loves you, even more than Daddy and I do
  • You are worth it
  • You can do anything that you put your mind to
  • Life isn’t easy, but it is worth living
  • How to pray with out ceasing
  • When you hit the bottom, hit your knees and look up
  • It is OK to ask for help
  • You are your own worst critic
  • It doesn’t matter what anyone says behind your back
  • Never neglect your friends and family for some guy
  • Live your life with integrity
  • There are people out there who do not have your best interest at heart.
  • Never be afraid to rid your life of toxic relationships, toxic situations, toxic attitudes and toxic people
  • Abuse doesn’t have to be physical
  • How difficult it is to see a good friend in a bad situation
  • The only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ
  • God created you with 2 ears and 1 mouth so that you will listen twice as much as you talk
  • It is OK to cry
  • Daddy and I will always be there for you
  • To put in the hard work now, to reap the rewards later
  • The feeling of waking up at 3:00am and peeking under the Christmas tree to see what Santa brought you and then going back and laying in the bed so excited, that you can’t fall back asleep
  • How to love someone or something enough to let it go
  • What it feels like to be overwhelmed with happiness
  • The weight of a college degree in your hand, a result of endless nights and days of hard work
  • How to change your own tire, even in 2" heels
  • You are my greatest accomplishment.

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