In life, we face many problems. We all have our ups and downs, and even though you might feel like there is nobody there, you will always have somebody by your side. It might just take you time to realize who it is.

I’m a girl who lived with only one parent. My mom would work during the nights and during the days she would sleep. In my case, it could have been really easy to feel alone or just feel like nobody was there for me. My dad left before I was even born — when I was still in my mom’s belly. He said he was too young and left. Do I hate him?No. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here, and I wouldn’t be who I am now. Am I mad at his decision? No. If he thought that was the best reason then okay. He knows why he said what he said, and he knows why he did what he did. I accept that. It’s hard to, but I do. If anything I’m actually okay with it.

So my mom was nineteen and already had a kid. I gotta say, she was pretty brave for doing everything that she did. She gave up everything just to be able to have me and be able to give me the things I needed. I appreciate this. I know that my mom is eventually gonna read this, so I’m just gonna take a moment to say, Thank you for everything and I love you.

My mom was always working, so I would normally stay with my Aunt Yadira. She’s been there for everything. She’s also sacrificed a lot for me, and I appreciate it. Even though I wasn’t hers to take care of, she still did it. She’s been like a parent. She did everything to make me feel like all those little girls out there. She taught me all those things that mostly dads do, like how to skate, ride a bike, swim, etc. She’s been there to teach me all that even though she didn’t know how to do all that herself. She has been a person that I can count on for support. She’s a person that held me up. When I would fall, she would pick me up and not let me give up. She means the world to me, and even though we might have arguments and fight like we are sisters, I love her to death. What she has done for me is unforgettable.

Sometimes my aunt had school, so I would stay with my grandpa — another important person in my life. He is the best grandpa anyone could have and I’m lucky that he got to be mine. Ever since I was little, he would take me to the park to go eat paletas (or how we call them here, popsicles). He spoils me with everything. LITERALLY, he is just the best and I love him. Even though we might have our issues, he will always be the best person and best grandpa EVER.

Now that I look back, I realize that even though I might not have my dad with me, I have my family here supporting me and taking care of me. I realize now that I can count on people and that I’m not alone in this.

Let me just say this… if you ever lose someone, or someone ends up leaving, never feel alone because you have your whole family there for you. Yes, you might miss or think about how life would be if they were still here, but never EVER feel alone...you have lots of people surrounding you who love you.

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