5 Things I’ve Learned…From Being a Daughter

by Heather on January 4, 2013

Screen shot 2013-01-03 at 9.30.45 PM One of the few things I’ve ever ALWAYS been is my parents’ daughter.  I know y’all are sitting there going, “Adoy, Heather!” but I just had that realization hit me yesterday.  I have been a lot of things in my life, but one of the only constants has been being a daughter.  Think about it: it’s the first real relationship anyone ever really has.  It’s where we learn most of the things we really carry with us in the core of who we are.  I have learned so many things through being my parents’ child, and I could not be more thankful for them!

  1. When your dad says don’t pierce your bellybutton, he’s not just trying to ruin your life.  When I was in high school I was hell bent on getting my navel pierced.  I told my parents every day leading up to THE DAY that I was going to do it, and every time they both swore they wouldn’t talk to me if I did it.  THE DAY came, I got it pierced, I came home and showed it to them and got the silent treatment for a little while.  But that’s not what I’m here to tell you guys; what I’m here to tell you is that they were right.  I shouldn’t have pierced it…I got tired of it after about 2 years and now (although not as bad as many I’ve seen) post-pregnancy there’s a little saggy weird thing in the middle of my bellybutton from where to piercing was.  So sometimes parents are right.  Sometimes ;)
  2. Parents will surprise you.  This is another one that really shouldn’t be a surprise.  I mean, parents are humans too you know?  But not really because they’re PARENTS. Like the time my incredibly patient mom caused me to run in the house declaring that I would never drive with her again (I was 16; go figure) or the time that I laid rubber at a stop sign in front of a policeman and my dad didn’t yell (maybe because I was already crying?) or just the times that you just KNOW YOU KNOW THEM and they pull a switcharoo on you.  Love it!
  3. Being a daughter is a forever thing.  I’m 29 years old and just as much my parents’ daughter as I was when I was 5.  They still worry about me, love me, teach me new things and encourage me.  And you know what?  I love it.  I will forever be their kiddo!
  4. They will always be the voice in my head.  The encouragement, the strength, the passion, all of it.  All of the things I think and do are somehow rooted in who my parents have always been to me.  How they treated me and loved me and disciplined me.  All I have to say is thank goodness I have such awesome parents.  Guess that gives you a hint of how awesome my internal voice is, huh? ;)
  5. I hope I can love Wes as well as they have loved me.  That one sentence says it all.  I love them and I am so blessed to be their daughter!
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1 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective January 4, 2013

Love this– the first is a gem!!

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2 Urban Wife January 4, 2013

Yea, #1….I can totally relate. #ughishouldhavelistened

Such a sweet post, though. I pray that what I’ve learned being a daughter, I can pass on at least half of it to our child. So much pressure!

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3 Sarah January 4, 2013

I have a saggy little weird thing in the middle of my belly button too. Shoot.

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4 Heather January 4, 2013

Sounds so attractive, right? ;)

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5 Maria January 4, 2013

So sweet. I dont care how old I get, I will always be my mom’s little girl and will let her treat me like one ;)

I might shoot you an email soon because every time I spend some time at home and then have to head back to the West Coast, I get all homesick and weepy and wonder why God has me living so far away from them and in a place that I don’t feel like I should be. Maybe you can point me to some good Scripture. Anyways, I’ll email you!

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6 Heather January 4, 2013

Sounds great! I’ll look for it :)

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7 Julie H. January 4, 2013

I LOVE this fully! …..I’m sure your parents were grinning ear to ear when they read this. I adore your prespective and I’m always trying to tell my students (I’m a teacher) things like this about their parents. “For real kids, your parents really love you…… and you may not want to admit it but they are ALWAYS right- yep, always. Mark my words…..”

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8 Sassy mom January 4, 2013

Love this post! What a great tribute to your parents! And you represent their love so well :). Love you!

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9 Kelly January 6, 2013

What a sweet post. My parents are my rock and I am so grateful that I live mere minutes from them. I don’t know how people can live in different cities than their parents. I am way too attached to mine and thankfully Keith loves them and they love Keith. It’s a win win.

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10 Jessica Heights January 6, 2013

I know just what you mean…at 29, I’m still my parents’ little girl – in a good way! :)

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11 lindsay January 7, 2013

i love this, and yes, i’ve learned the same! being a daughter is a huge blessing. I am a daddy’s girl and I am so grateful for that bond!

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12 Miranda @ Biting Life January 9, 2013

Awww this is so sweet :) It sounds like you’re really close with your parents, just like I am. I talk to my Mom at least once every day, and see her at least once a week. And I work with my Dad! I wouldn’t change it for the world. I can truly say that they are two of my absolute best friends. I tell them everything, and they share with me. We have so much and never stop laughing. I can’t believe how lucky I was to get such awesome parents. I guess you’re one of the lucky ones, too!

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