Thank You

Welp, it’s finally happened and when I say finally I mean it.  I may only be graduating a semester late, but I have enough credits to hold at least two degrees, but that’s not important here.  This post is dedicated to everyone who has gotten me to this point, but I wanted to thank the two most important people in my life: Mom and Dad.  This day and achievement are as much about me as they are about you.

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Mom:  Where do I begin?  You’re my best friend and for that, I am forever grateful.  Thank you for the late-night phone calls panicking over exams and homework and everything under the sun.  Thank you for all the times you’ve stayed with me and taken care of me after I had surgery.  Thank you for supporting me even when I went to another SEC school.  Thank you for always reminding me of my worth.  But most importantly, thank you for setting such an amazing example for me growing up.  Day in and day out, I watched you in your office working every day and most nights.  You were the most important example of hard work, and I got to witness it first hand.  Your work ethic and passion for success have led me to not settle for anything less than my very best.  Also, thanks for always being willing to take a Disney trip at the drop of the hat.  I am so thankful for all the memories we have created over these last 4 & 1/2 years, and I can’t wait for more.  I think moving away from college has brought us ever closer than we ever thought possible, so thank you for supporting me and encouraging me through every step of life but especially this one.

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Daddy:  Thank you for instilling me with the value of never settling for anything less than perfect.  I think my eagerness for perfection comes from the ways you pushed me to work my hardest throughout my childhood.  I don’t tell you enough, but I truly can’t thank you enough.  Thank you for believing in me but reminding me that success doesn’t come without hard work.  I can’t tell you how much I look up to you and all you have accomplished.  I will be just as happy to accomplish half of the things you did.  Thank you for spending your “relaxing” retirement moving me in and out of apartments every 6 months.  Thanks for letting me borrow Mom all the times she took care of me, or we went to Disney World.   Thank you for providing me with all of the opportunities in my childhood that you did not have.  Thank you for all you have done and will continue to do in supporting my dreams.

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This post is short, and I apologize for that, but it’s hard to articulate my emotions into words.  My parents are two of the hardest working and driven people I have ever met.  They are my role models and have supported me with endless love throughout the good times as well as the bad times.  I don’t know what I did to deserve them, but I thank my lucky stars every day that these crazy two are mine.  Thank you, Mommy and Daddy, I would not be who I am today without your constant guidance and love.

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