Dear Mom and Dad,
Sometimes I just want to shout, “LOOK AT ME! TAKE A REALLY GOOD LOOK!” This is who I am. Your daughter. I know I’ll never be who you want me to be. The perfect daughter you never had and the one you expect me to be. I want you to realize that I’m the best you’re going to get, and it could be a whole lot worse. I don’t get straight A’s, but I’m not failing any classes either. I’m not an exceptional athlete, but I have been dedicated to the same sport for 10 years now. I am not artistic, dramatic, or musically talented, but I can cook pretty well. I’m not the most popular girl in my class, but I’ve got a handful of friends that I can safely say will never ever leave my side. The boys I date are reasonable. I don’t drink, do drugs, party, or sleep around.
Sometimes, when you think I can’t hear you, I know what you’re saying. That I’m never going to make the Ivy Leagues. Or that you wish I had some amazing talent to show off. It hurts. You have no idea how hard I try to meet your standards, but no matter what I do, it seems like I can’t satisfy you guys. So why do I keep trying? To achieve a goal that I never will? Because I love you both.
I hope one day you’ll realize how good you’ve got it. And that you’ll appreciate who I am. And one day, maybe you guys will really see me. A daughter you want and love. Until then, I’m going to keep trying, but I won’t stop being myself. I want you to love me for who I am, and be proud of what I’ve done.
Love, Your Daughter