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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