My folks are having trouble hiding their pride that I’ve finished my Master’s degree. Mom sent out an email to some family friends that read thusly:
As Friends who have encouraged and watched this one grow, thank you for all of your encouragement and love. Many of us have chatted about [tigerlilytoph] recently, and she just aced her thesis and had a paper accepted by the International Social Sciences Conference. Very proud of this woman, and please enjoy her glory. What a Woman!
So sweet. And of course all the people on the thread wrote back words of love and encouragement. I was so touched. Of course I had to write back:
Thank you, family of my heart.
I turned 30 in February, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to see what the next decade brings. You’ve all played pivotal roles in my development into who I am today; so much encouragement, such excellent humor and love for so many years. Luke, my gentle giant, teddy bear and jungle gym. Anthony, always a welcome companion with a ready laugh and sharp mind. Mary Kay, my literary mentor, without whom my love for writing might never have awoken. Marge and Peggie, the matriarchs of our tribe from whom I continue to draw strength. Chris, Cheryl and mom, the women who danced with me and served as the clever, hard-working, paycheck-earning, loving role models I needed. Each of you, lighting a different candle within me, even now.
I would be diminished without you. Thank you.
So much love,
I’m so lucky to have had these people in my life from such a young age. It really goes to show how important your parents decisions are, and what a huge impact (good or bad) something as seemingly personal as the kind of friends they choose have on a child.