I want you to know you were the best parent you could be. You taught us the right things. And, you were always there for us. You don’t have to doubt it.
When I came home from school crying because kids called me ugly, you told me I was beautiful. When I told you I was being bullied, you fought for me…for years. You spent hours upon hours helping me with homework. When you found out I was going to be a pitcher for softball, you spent hours helping me practice. Even when I didn’t do well, you told me to keep trying and to just do my best. You came to every game and cheered me on no matter what. You took me to Disney World because I was depressed, and you wanted me to feel better. When the bullying at school just became too much, you paid a lot of money so I could go to a private school, because you wanted me to be happy. When the teachers at this school didn’t understand me, you again fought for me, and tried your best to educate them about my disabilities. You came home everyday after a long day of work to make David and I dinner.
And, do you know what the most awesome thing is? You did all this as a single parent.
Now that I’m 22, I’ve had time to think about the things you taught me. You taught me to fight for what I believe in, even if I stand alone. You taught me to never give up. You taught me that it’s okay to fail, and to not beat myself up when I do. You taught me that it’s okay to be different. You taught me that beauty is about the inside. And most importantly, you taught me that it’s okay to be myself.
It’s parents like you who deserve media attention.
Love, your daughter,
Thank you to all the parents out there who are not like Kelli Stapleton.