April 15, 2011

Dear Mom & Dad,

I just wanted to say “thank you” for all of the amazing skills you taught me.

I am beginning to realize just how amazing of a gift this was.

I can hardly remember a day when you weren’t teaching us something, be it a life skill, or just a value that would help us eventually.

Because of you, I can make my princess dresses  and superhero capes.

Because of you, I can change the oil on my car.

You taught me how to garden, and how to appreciate fresh food.

You taught me the basics of cooking, and encouraged me to experiment in the kitchen and build upon those basics.

I can clean a bathroom, from floor to ceiling SPOTLESS, in less than 15 minutes.

I can split an outlet, fix a broken pipe, and patch the drywall.

I can paint the bedrooms, and I can paint murals.

I can read music, play the piano, and sing.

I can budget, I can save, and I can say “no”.

I know my way around power tools, and really enjoy making something with my own hands.

I go to church, my kids are nice, and I’m not afraid of work. 

I am the person I am, because of your blood, sweat, and tears.

Thank you so much… for everything.

xoxo,

Caroline

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