A Thank You Letter- A Blog by SO Allison Wick

Most people don’t understand how privileged they are to have two parents. Life is much easier when you have two adult role models helping guide you through life. While I didn’t get the privilege of having both a mom and a dad, I never felt at a disadvantage. My mom worked twice as hard as a parent to make sure I got everything I wanted out of life. She did everything she could to help support me, and teach me everything I needed to be successful. I do not express how thankful I am for you enough. I know it wasn’t easy being a single mom raising me and my three siblings. It took a lot of courage, willpower, and patience. I learned so much from you. You have made me the person I am today and again I am thankful for that.

The first, and most important, thing you taught me is to fight for what you deserve and never settle. You never settled for less than you deserved in your life. You knew what you wanted, and you went after it. It wasn’t easy for you to be a single mother going back to school but, you knew you wanted better for yourself and us. As anyone who has gone to college knows it isn’t easy and for you to do it while taking care of four kids is inconceivable. You showed me that life is going to be challenging. You taught me that I am going to have to fight for myself and just because other people doubted me, doesn’t mean that I should doubt myself.

You also taught me how to be independent. You didn’t have the time to be constantly nagging me on all my decisions and because of that, I learned how to hold myself accountable. You allowed me to make mistakes and learn from them. You helped prepare me for life. I can’t depend on other people to do everything for me. However, you also showed me its okay to ask for help when you need it.

While most people would think having a single parent would give you a disadvantage, I think it made me a better person. Having a single mother gave me a strong independent woman as a role model which very few people are lucky enough to have in their life. You gave me all the tools and opportunity’s I need to be successful. I may not be the best at showing how much you mean to me but, I am extremely thankful for all that you taught me, the opportunity’s you gave me, and everything you sacrificed for me.

With love,
Allison Wick

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