Dear mom and dad,
A lot has changed over the years. I've graduated high school, moved out and began life as a college student in the big city, and started creating my own life.
Part of creating my own life involves creating a new beginning with someone I want to embark on a new, lifelong journey with -- someone that makes me happy and makes my heart sing.
Someone that I've spent all my life up to this point slowly uncovering and praying would come my way. Someone that my heart holds dear and that colors my world, painting a picture of a world beyond my imagination.
I've spent my whole life searching and you've spent the past twenty-two years helping me break the code. The code of discovering my self-worth and opening my eyes to all that I am and all that I deserve.
I appreciate all of you're love, comfort, guidance and never-ending knowledge and support, but it's time for me to embrace on this journey and start writing my own story with the one that I love.
I know you say that using the "L" word comes too soon, and I respect this, but I need you, in return, to respect me and my feelings. I'm not saying that you're wrong, but you can't decipher my feelings for yourself. When I tell you that I love this one, I mean that I've never felt so alive, so at home and at ease, and so myself around anyone in my life.
Being that I'm away and moved out of the house, you don't have the opportunity to get to see how we are around each other, or even get to know the person that my heart desires. But I promise you this -- you're missing out on loads of smiles and days filled with laughter and joy. I wish you could see it.
Yes, he gets under my skin and frustrates me like no one else, but he also calms me down and makes me smile bigger than anyone else ever has at the same time. Our relationship isn't perfect, and if it was I'd be a bit scared because then we'd clearly not be doing something right, but it feels oh so right for all the right reasons.
We fight like an old married couple, or cats and dogs even, but we never stay this way for long. There isn't a day that goes by that we don't laugh and love like there's no tomorrow.
He considers my feelings and apologizes when he's wrong. He reads me like a book and knows when somethings wrong -- he doesn't let a second go by without trying to get to the bottom of whatever it is, because he'll be damned if he lets me stay upset for whatever reason.
He takes me on these cute, quirky little dates and surprises me with the simplest of things. It isn't about the material things, but he'd do anything just to see me smile. When he looks into my eyes, it radiates off of him that he loves me just as much as I love him.
He builds me back up when the rest of the world is dragging me down, and he encourages me to be better than I was the day before. He genuinely makes me a better person and I can't believe I ever did life without him. Not in a "I need him" kind of way but in a "my world is so much brighter now" kind of way.
Where we are right now is exactly where we're meant to be. He's my home away from home -- wrapped in his arms is like walking into a house and suddenly knowing I'm home.
Mom and dad -- you may not see it, but I do. He makes the colors of my world run wild.