Being a parent must be one of the most difficult responsibilities any person could ever have. Being an outstanding parent must be an even bigger challenge. This is why I would like to extend my utmost gratitude to my parents through this thank you letter for being such wonderful parts of my family life.

Dear Mom and Dad,

I would like you to know that I appreciate everything you’ve done for me. Teaching me, staying up sleepless nights when I was sick, giving me an unconditional number of hugs, always being present at piano recitals and basketball games, and loving me wholeheartedly.

I’m writing this thank you letter, Mom and Dad, because I want you to know what a big difference you have truly made in my life. You taught me so many things about the world and myself that years have not been able to make me forget. You were the first ones to tell me about the importance of sharing by telling me it wasn’t nice to refuse all my other playmates from using my Legos. And to this day, even if the Lego pieces are long gone, I continue to live by the concept of sharing my blessings to the people around me.

You also taught me to care. Not just about the things that directly affected my life but to all living creatures. You taught me to be sympathetic towards the blind old man who used to play his keyboard for small donations on the street. You told me that our pets are there for us to care for and not to hurt. And because of that lesson, I have been able to grow up minus the apathy that plagues most of the people in society today.

Thank you, Mom and Dad. You gave me some of the sweetest memories that sends pangs of homesickness through my heart whenever I remember them and make me feel like I was really loved. Mom, I remember how you would let me sleep in your bed and how you used to bring me my favorite fried chicken whenever I was sick. Dad, I remember the effort you put into making me a playhouse in the yard so my friends and I could live out our imaginations of having our own fortress.

I may have misunderstood you and your intentions when I was much younger. But now I know that everything you did was for my own good. Funny how saying that I’d understand that when I was older came true.

I hope this thank you letter is enough, Mom and Dad to let you know how much I appreciate you and for everything you’ve done for me. For cradling me, smiling at me, being proud of me, laughing with me, and loving me.

All the love,