For being able to make me laugh, because so few people can.
For letting me know I could tell you anything.
For not keeping tabs on me in school. I know most parents think it's best to be on top of their child's schoolwork, but you just trusted me to take care of it. And so I did.
For reading to me at night, and getting me started on The Prydain Chronicles.
For giving me the best family ever.
For sitting down and drawing with us. For putting out big sheets of plastic, shaving cream, and food coloring. So much fun can be had with those three tools.
For packing a healthy lunch for me all the way through 12th grade.
For teaching me how to drive. It was not the most fun experience of my life, but I can drive, and that's what's important!
For understanding my ability to get lost anywhere, no matter how many times I've driven to the same place.
For the, "We'll pick you up anywhere, anytime, no questions asked" rule.
I never needed it. But I would have called you if I did.
For dealing with pinworms. 'Nuff said.
For supporting me in so many ways, big and small, that probably only you and I will ever know.
For french braids and high ponytails. If I ever have a little girl, I'll need you to live close by so you can do her hair.
For being a liberal. Is that something you thank people for? No matter...I just did.
For making me apologize when I did something wrong. I still have a hard time saying, "I'm sorry," but at least I know when I should be saying it!
For Christmas mornings.
For making me clothes, pillows, blankets, hats, gloves... I'll set up your Etsy store whenever you're ready. :)
For telling me all about birds. I am 29 years old and can't tell a wren from a sparrow. And I have no idea what this bird is. But that wasn't for lack of trying on your part.
For cinnamon rolls, apple pies, and birthday cakes.
For letting us feed peanuts to the squirrels. Well, you know...until they started jumping on the kids and we had to stop feeding them.
For instilling in me a love of vegetables.
For sectioning my grapefruits.
For babies. Lots and lots of babies. And cats.
For working so hard to give us the life we had. Because of you, I've been able to follow the meandering, confusing path that is my bliss. Now I want you to follow yours.
You hear that sound? That's the motherboard changing.