Julia Takimoto

Julia Takimoto

Dear Mom and Dad,
From day one you've been my biggest supporters. Investing in my education and supporting every single hobby I wanted to take up (hello horseback riding, swimming, dance, gymnastics, guitar, art lessons, flute, soccer, singing lessons, choir, and all the school sports I played), you always made sure I would be able to try anything I wanted to, and that I knew you were supporting me through it. When dealing with my "exceptionalities", you both made sure that I felt just like anyone else, and got all of the supports I needed. While balancing both of your busy work schedules with driving me and my sister to and from events, being a part of the parent councils, and taking an active role in our social, mental and physical health, you clearly demonstrated (and still do!) how amazing of parents you both are. You sacrificed so much to ensure both my sister and I had the best childhood possible, and I want you both to know that you efforts mean the world to me. I know that you forwent many hours of sleep, socialization with your own friends, "me time", (and money!) for me, and I definitely never thanked you enough for it as a child. Reflecting on it now though, you really were a superhero parent, bending over backwards to get things done and refusing to settle for anything less than what you thought I deserved. As I've grown up you've helped shape me as a person, teaching me the values of hard work, determination, patience, humility, gratitude, honesty and optimism. Especially through these last few tough months, you've both ensured that you made time for me and kept a positive attitude, helping me to remain optimistic and put a positive spin on things. I know this letter doesn't even begin to express how appreciative I am of everything you've done for me, but I hope you know that I will be forever grateful for what you've done.
With all my love,
Julia