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...
An Open Letter To My Mother: Thank You For Being My Hero
To my Mom,
Thank you for being there for me for all the practices, competitions, and field trips. You have been my biggest fan through every single stage of my life and I couldn’t ask for a better cheerleader. Thank you for knowing when I was wrong and spanking me when I was being a brat. I may not have liked it then, but looking back, I know I’m better off. Thank you for holding me while I cried and promising me that tomorrow would be a better day. You’ve been my rock through breakups, life decisions, and new chapters. You’ve carried me through when I was convinced I couldn’t go on. Thank you for (sneakily) becoming my very best friend, being my first (and daily) phone call, and being my biggest (and most caring) confidant. You answer your phone with the same enthusiasm every time, whether it’s my first or the fifth call of the day. I am eternally grateful. Most importantly, thank you for showing me right from wrong, for encouraging me in my walk of faith, and for teaching me the value of respect not only for others, but for myself as well.
Thank you for teaching me the importance of hard work, and the essence of the American Dream. While you and Daddy have worked so hard to give me the greatest life possible, you also reminded me that everything has a price tag, and “nothing in life is free, except for Jesus.” You have always pushed me to be the very best version of myself and to work for the things I want, rather than to expect them. Thank you for making me independent, and telling me to never rely on anyone. Every single day, I become more confident in myself. You always told me that the ability to be financially and emotionally stable on my own was imperative, I see now that you couldn’t have been more correct. Thank you for passing down some of your best qualities. Everyone knows where my hard head and stubbornness come from and here’s a hint – it’s not Daddy. You taught me to fight for everything that I believe in and to never back down. Because of you, I am not afraid to stand up for my beliefs. I tell it like it is and I debate fiercely and with everything in me. I inherited my convictions and my passion from watching you, and I’m a better person because of it.
Thank you for always believing in me. There’s nothing I want more than to make you proud. Thank you for understanding when I just couldn’t swing that one class, or when that test just didn’t go as well as I hoped. Know that moving out was hard for me too, and I probably cried almost as much as you did during my first two weeks at school. I will forever be your little girl, no amount of growing can change that. Thank you for giving me a sister, one to torture and love just the same. She is by far one of the biggest pains and one of the biggest blessings in my life. Thank you for not giving up on me, especially during those preteen years. I hope to have half the perseverance you had – and maybe a little easier first child too. Thank you for keeping me grounded. You never hesitate to remind me where I came from and sometimes, I need that reality check.
I love you, Mom. You’re my role model and even though I laughed at everyone who told me this would happen, you’re my best friend. I got my independence and my sass from you, and I couldn’t be more thankful. Sometimes, I know I get busy, but you are so appreciated. Certainly I wouldn’t be the woman I am today if it weren’t for you. So, thank you – for absolutely everything. You’re my hero.
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