For me, when I look at anything I’ve ever done, there has consistently and always been one woman standing behind me: my Nana. I was always a daddy’s girl growing up, but I was most definitely a Nana’s girl even more. Where she went, I went. What she did, I did. When I think of the definition of home, it is where my Nana is (that might also be because I occupy her basement, but eh, it was still home before then too). So, for week 1, I naturally had to write a letter of thanks to the one woman, who single-handedly does it all: Nana.
I read an article a few months ago that really touched me. A lady wrote a thank you note everyday for an entire year – 365 notes in total. So I had an idea that for 2018, I would write a note once a week to someone to thank them. Naturally, you’re my first person to thank.
As far as I can remember, you have been my #1. You have ALWAYS been the first person I called to share my exciting news with or to cry to. I would have never have been able to be as successful as I was in high school athletics if it hadn’t of been for you picking me up, taking me for my running shoes, or giving up every single Saturday (and even Sunday) so I could run a race. When I started coaching, I had many people who were close to me that weren’t supportive because of it being unpaid and so time consuming. You not only supported me in my venture, but you (again) gave up every Saturday (and again, a lot of your Sundays) to help me with my team. From making my kids (and me!) banana bread every race, to single handedly prepareing our banquet and team meals. I can’t tell you thank you enough. You are truly the reason why I was able to be so successful as a coach.
I also want to thank you for all the life lessons you taught me. When I went through the break up with W, you were the only person that I felt comfortable to turn to. You were understanding in what I was going through (since you’d been there yourself) and you were never judgmental. When I went back to him, you never once said a negative thing. You let me make my decisions and my mistakes, but added your guidance to get me out when I needed it. I learned A LOT during that time, but I don’t think I would have learned as much, or as quickly, if it hadn’t of been for you.
I think it’s important to recognize and thank you for everything you currently do now for me as well. I absolutely love my job and I definitely have way too many hobbies. But you’re always 100% supportive and about 5 steps ahead of what I need on any given day. I cherish our talks on religion and philosophy, and I know you are the reason why I am able to be open and secure about my ideas and lack of faith in a god. That’s not always something a person wants to be thanked for – but I hope you are proud that I am able to critically think and challenge views everyday and be able to stand for what I believe in; because it truly has been you that has inspired that confidence in me and given me a platform and a space to develop my beliefs.
You are the best Nana a person could ever have. I love you.