This past Sunday, I had the privilege of becoming part of the latest class of college graduates.
But as I walked across the stage to receive my diploma, I realized something.
Even though I was the one who was graduating, there was no doubt that without the support of my friends and family, I wouldn’t have been graduating at all.
In particular, there are two people whom without their support and love, I wouldn’t have even existed to get to walk across that stage.
If you haven’t guessed it by now, those two people are my parents.
My mom and my dad are two of the most amazing people in my life, and I’m going to tell you why.
My parents have always been there for me, from Pre-K to college, and have stood by my side through the impossibly tough times. They tried for years to have a child, and when I finally was born, did everything in their power to make sure I would be okay.
They’ve taught me some of my most valued lessons and have helped teach me right from wrong. They’ve taught me to always help others when I could, and the importance of giving, especially when others have nothing.
My parents have dealt with my 2 AM anxiety-filled phone calls and constant questions about how to be an adult.
My parents sometimes struggled to help get me through college, all while working full-time and raising my sister too.
My parents taught me to work hard, but to also take the time to relax and have fun. They’ve taught me that if I have an idea or a dream, I should work as hard as I can and that it will be possible.
They’ve taught me to love pizza, disco, old movies and “All In The Family”. They’ve taught me what true love looks like after 37 years of being together.
My parents are my role models, and there is no doubt that without their love and support, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today.
So thank you, Mom and Dad, for everything you’ve done, and everything you will continue to do.
I love you.