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… The First Step

September 18th, 2005

Mum & Dad
Dear Mum & Daddi,
 
As I age, I gain a clearer perception of you as people; a better understanding of the seriousness with which you undertook your role as parents; and a greater appreciation for the efforts you put into raising your children.
 
And now, as I sit writing this on the other side of the world from all I know, I am filled with wonder at the courage and the care you showed in your parenting: for I am here because of you.

 
You taught us to be responsible for our thoughts and actions. And because of this, I learnt to see myself, know myself and trust what I felt.

It has allowed me the freedom and conviction to live completely and candidly; to challenge myself and my beliefs; and to live the life that I choose for myself.

For this, I thank you.
 
 
You taught us not to be afraid of being different in an unknown place. And because of this, I have travelled in and to places where I was the only one of my kind and not been afraid. It has opened up the world to me: allowing me to live in and visit places – even when I have not known anybody there.

I feel like an explorer: my dark feet have stood in places that would have otherwise been denied to me.

For this, I thank you
 
 
You taught us to be interested in people: to care for others even when we did not know them. And because of this, I have a love of people wherever I meet them. I have struck up conversation with strangers who have shared their histories and their lives. And these encounters have enriched my days and my travels in ways unexpected and delightful: for the time spent has allowed me to see a place and a people more fully than a guide book could have shown me.

More than that, it has peopled my life with friendships that have withstood the years and life’s many adventures; and allowed me to build “family” wherever I go.

For this, I thank you.
 
 
You taught us not to be afraid of work. And because of this, I have been able to make things happen in my life rather than waiting to be rescued. It has taught me patience; and the ability to appreciate the fruits of my labours: and has opened up possibilities because I have the provision to map my way towards them.

For this, I thank you.
 
 
You taught us that learning takes place not just in the classroom, but in any situation and any place that we find ourselves. And because of this, I have acknowledged my past and used its lessons to decide my next path.

And though some of the learning may have been difficult or painful, it has enabled me to make my choices in awareness and confidence.

For this, I thank you.
 
 
You taught us to acknowledge both the bad and the good. And because of this, I am able to gather strength from all that I experience and grow fully as a person.

It has also taught me to hold my limitations and not be shamed by them; and to dare if it is in me to do so.

For this, I thank you.
 
 
And you taught us to recognise love in all its variety – be it in ourselves, or in others; to accept it graciously when we are offered it; and to express it willingly, honestly and with joy.

For this, I thank you.

 
I wanted to write you and tell you all this. It is important to me that you know that I see these things now, and at this point in my life: that all that we have witnessed and shared as a family has enriched my life.

I am indebted to you. Your parenting has been the cornerstone for the person I have become: because without the things you instilled in us as we grew, I would not have made the journeys I have made, nor seen the things I have been privy to.

You made my world bigger than I could have dreamt of on my own. And for all this, I thank you.

Ever yours in gratitude and appreciation,
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Dedicated to: My Parents
Who set the example to be followed: thereby daring themselves and their children;

Who opened the door to the world and encouraged me to go out and explore it to its fullest extent –
and left me a seat at the table that I may return and share my adventures;

Who taught me that a family is something to be built – not endured.

We did a good job despite the obstacles: we survived … and we are together.
 

 
 
SO TELL ME: What do you think of this piece?

  • Did it engage you?
  • Does the meaning come across? Are there any images or lines you don’t understand or find unclear?
  • Are there obvious errors in spelling, punctuation or grammar?
  • Do you have any suggestions for revision?

Please be brutally honest in your assessments – good, bad or indifferent.
I don’t scare easily; and I really do want to hear what YOU have to say about my work.

Many thanks in advance for your time and your criticism.
 
 

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AUTHOR: I am might war. I have a love of music, the written word, travel, Anime, polar bears, people and “sticking and colouring”.

8 thoughts on “… The First Step

    1. I am ever thankful for the foundation that my parents built for their children. And when I came to fully understand it’s power and worth, I had to sing about it.

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