Just like the next person, my parents were the biggest influences to shape the person I am today. I celebrate the ways that we are alike as often as I do about our differences, and I have no idea what I would do without them in my life. Don’t get me wrong, trying to maintain a relationship with literally anybody is hard, but when it comes to your family, things can get super complicated.
When I was a teenager, I left the house I grew up in, with my mother inside, to live with my dad in my grandmother’s house. That’s where I still am today, and as much as I love being there, I do wonder what things would be like if I never left my mom behind the way I did. I wonder if my relationship with my father would be different, if my relationships with my siblings would be different. If I truly made the right choice.
I was the same age Ariel was when she told King Triton that she was an adult, after all.
Despite these common issues that I have with my parents, I still love them unconditionally. They’ve never made me question their love for me, so why would I question my own for them? They are among my greatest supporters, my worst critics, and my favorite people. And because I know that they have both been through hell and back, I am beyond grateful for everything they’ve done for me.
So here are a list of some things that I blame my parents for, and are really thankful for.
- My sisters and brothers
- My love for dogs
- My great taste in music
- My pretty rad hair
- Growing up around extended family
- Putting me in dance school
- Having some awesome parents of your own, and letting them be active in our lives
- Enrolling me in the dual language program in elementary school
- Putting me in the Brentwood School District
- Letting me stay in Brentwood
- Not judging my friends in front of my face
- Making me leave the house
- Teaching me to appreciate sports, even if I don’t play them
- Letting me be my own person, and have my own opinions
- Giving me feet where my second toe isn’t longer than my big toe (feet just really freak me out, and that makes mine a little less ugly, okay?)
- Going camping—the real way and the camper way
- Taking trips to Disney World
- Pushing me to do my best, but not pushing me into any direction I didn’t want to take
- Not being the kind of parents who were just kind-of there
- All the Christmas and birthday gifts over the years
- For making me work for things I want
- Being both a friend and a parent
- Listening to my thousands of rants and complaints
- Supporting all of your children, no matter the consequences
- Loving me unconditionally
Prompt: The internet is full of rants. Help tip the balance: today, simply be thankful for something, or someone.