Taylor Meloche

Taylor Meloche

Interlochen Arts Academy

Mom, a thank you will never be enough. Never enough for the scraped knees you carefully bandaged up, or the trips to the dollar store for chocolate kisses on gloomy days, or the cape you wore when there was no dad around to tell me, “that boy is trouble”. You may be a single mom, but you’re worth a thousand moms riding on white stallions blindfolded into a battlefield. Maybe that’s why it’s so hard to tell you sometimes; because although those two words are all I have to offer sometimes, they always make you smile. That’s how I know I’m doing alright in the “mom world”. Yet, I don’t think my gratitude for everything you have done for me could ever be summed up in just two words. I’ve tried it in song, and through my music performances but I still feel short of appreciation for you. So, I figure, maybe if I say it over and over again, just maybe you’ll get the idea.
Mom, you are my wind and sea. You have encouraged me to be curious—asking more questions than actually getting answers—creative—writing all the music my heart can emote—and empathetic—giving back to our family and community. Your reminders that I am special, yet still one of seven billion, have been the ruling core of my songwriting. And your support, and Lola’s (Grandma), Uncle Demit’s, Auntie May’s and the rest of the Macasaet clan’s support for me to pursue my music is beyond belief. You allowed me to try three different schools until I found my fit at Interlochen Arts Academy. Thank you.
You are my rock. Your strength and stability—shown in the way you have single-handedly built a home for your two lively teens while also balancing two jobs—has shaped me into a woman; an independent and fearsome leader. Thank you.
You are the fire within me. You have shown me what real love, passion, hope, a little bit of humour and inspiration can do; it can change the world. I only hope that I can bring that love with me wherever I go next year. In the end, that’s all you ever intended to give me; love. I believe that the world is in need of a little love right now, and yours is a perfect example of what unconditional love is. Ultimately, that’s why it’s so hard to use “thank” and “you” in a single sentence. Nobody is really perfect, but your love is truly great. Even if you don’t believe it, or question your actions when we fight and say, “what have I created?!” I know, in my heart, that I owe the world to you. So I promise to be tough, different, brave and always strive to be a better person. I hope, and I dream that one day I will be able to give back to you.
I might be in another country, and hundreds of miles away, I promise to share my gifts with others. I promise to love my friends unconditionally, be a leader amongst my peers, stay inspired by this beautiful planet, and help as many people as I can. You’ve given the music. So much joy and beauty has come from it; I am so happy with my life. As said in the Philipines: “mahal kita”, mom. I love you. Thank you.
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