I have to write an essay about someone who has influenced my life greatly. We have to mail it to them so we have to include my address and the person I'm sending it to, which happens to be the same address.
5555 XXXXX Road
XXXXXX, MN 55803------edited by the moderator
February 1, 2011
5520 Driftwood Road
Duluth, MN 55803
Thank you for everything you've done for me. You've always shown unconditional love towards me even when I don't want it, or don't deserve it. Having you as a mother is the greatest gift and biggest advantage anyone could have given me. You've sacrificed lots of things for me, and I'm writing this letter to show you how truly grateful I am. You taught me right from wrong, good from bad, and decent from indecent. It's because of the values and confidence that you've instilled in me that makes me who I am today. Thank you for shaping me into a person I'm proud to be and letting me believe that I can be whoever I want to be. I've learned how to be a responsible, productive person from you, and I thank you with all of my heart.
One of the best things about you is how you make me do things I don't usually want to do. You make me do my homework and do chores, and even though I don't show it very often, I'm truly grateful. You pressure me by saying, "Do your homework, or no Xbox this weekend.", or "Eat your food, or you can sit there all night." At the time I didn't like it, but as I reflect back on it now, I realize that it was all for my own good. You have high expectations of me, and now I have high expectations of myself. Sometimes high school can be overwhelming with all of the tests and homework, but you always try to lighten the load. I think it's great how you pressure me to do good in school, but you're always so nice about it.
Another great attribute about you is how you're such a good listener. You always (most of the time) listen to my ideas completely without interrupting. You don't scoff at my ideas, but try to add to them nicely. When I graduate high school I want to go to MIT or another great engineering school. You don't tell me that I'm not smart enough, or that we don't have enough money. You tell me to get good grades and scholarships. I can't even express how thankful I am for that.
Thank you for everything, for all of the big and small things. They all have made a difference in my life, no matter how small. Thanks for being so understanding, so strict and for listening to all of my ideas, no matter how stupid. If there is an award for the best mother in the world, you would have earned it.
Samuel Belden (your son)
Just use the comma, no period. And you need another comma---> ...weekend," or, "Eat your food...
Excellent paragraph topic sentences, excellent conclusion... this is really good. If I had to criticize it, I would say it is maybe too simplistic. You deal with simple stuff like motivating the child, being a good listener for the child, making the child do homework... I think you can tackle some of the deeper processes... some of the things that are harder to write about. You are a great writer, able to handle abstract concepts.
Also, I am taking that address off the Internet! :-) Just in case of weirdos...
It is impossible to put into words everything I should be thankful for. When I think of my childhood, the first person that always comes to mind is you. I know raising me was not easy. Between our stubborn fights and my bratty stage in life, sometimes I don’t understand how you handled it.
To me, you’re not only my mom; you’re the strongest woman I know. You constantly showed me to find the good in life, even when it was even hard to find yourself. I know being a single mom was difficult. You made it look easy to balance a career, a daughter, and being active in the community, even when I knew it wasn’t. Your selfless manner is one of the many reasons I will always look up to you.
You unconditional love has made me understand what love truly is. When we were both surrounded by the solitude of each other, everyday, your unconditional love was all I needed. You gave me double the love that I ever needed and deserved. It was more than making me feel loved; it was teaching me that even through the difficult situations, I am loved.
The will that you have to never give up was something that I aspire to have one day. Even on the days when all you wanted to do was take a nap after a long day at work, you put me before yourself. You never gave up on the things that I needed and continued to give me more than I ever deserved. Even when I doubted myself, you never gave up on me. You were at every sporting event, competition, school field trip, and many more, and never gave up. And your constant motivation gave me the confidence to accomplish many great tasks in life, and I wouldn’t have done it if it weren’t for you.
Growing up with a single parent is not the perfect storybook situation, but when it is a single mom like you, I do not need storybook. The strength, unconditional love, and support that you gave me was more than any two parents could ever fulfill. I never looked at having a single-parent as a disadvantage, because I got to brag about how awesome my one parent was. I can’t tell you enough how much it meant to me that you were always next to me with a smile on your face, encouraging me to be the best person I could possibly be.
As I get older, I realize that I should take time to thank you for the countless things you did in my life. But when I think about it, a simple thank you is not enough.
It is more than a thank you. It’s the words that I can’t put together just knowing that you are in my life. When I know everything else in my life may not be constant, I know you always will be.
It is more than a thank you, Mom. It’s more than saying “I love you with all my heart” because that’s still not enough. So here’s to you mom, not only my mom, but my selfless, compassionate, loving, and inspiring single mom.
Happy Mothers Day!