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!
- 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
- 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!
- 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!
- 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?
- 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!