Adam Ashley

Adam Ashley

Dear Mom and Dad,
It would be a lie to say that we haven’t had our differences, but it would be an even more blatant lie to say that I have never stopped loving you two because of it. Dad: thank you for waking up at 5 AM to drag a bleary eyed, younger me to Hockey practices, and showing me to honor my commitments to the best of my abilities. Thank you for buying and playing our nerdy board games, when no one else will. Thank you for introducing me to Magic, to Officiating, to Paddleboarding and letting me use your camera to further my love of photography and film. When I accepted the history award at elementary school grad, I learned afterwards (from mom) that you cried when I accepted it. If there was anything that pushed me to applying for valedictorian of High School, it was that moment. Mom: we don’t get along as much anymore, but it would be a complete shame to not overlook that to see all that you have done for me. You moved high schools so you could be closer to me and my chronic migraines, and took many periods off of teaching to come and pick me up. When the wrestling coach got transfered, you took the mantle, without any previous experience in the sport, allowing me to continue and thrive into the provincial level. You pushed me to become more invested in the tech department, to immerse myself in the field that I would later call my own, which opened up my love for the school in turn. Thank you for handing me my diploma when I crossed the stage, and pushing me towards a thirteenth year, which showed me that the diploma was never the end goal.
When I stood on stage for my Valedictorian speech, you were to my right Dad, and mom you were on stage to my left. Thinking back, that may have been the only reason I didn’t entirely break down at the end. You two have been pillars in my life, since the premature beginning. You guys have worked tirelessly so that Abby and I can have an education, an opportunity to pursue what we love, and a never-say-no attitude. Thank you for providing me with all the basic needs that is asked of you when you signed up to build a child's life, but thank you for going above and beyond the call of parenting, and showing my sister and I what it means to work hard for the people you love. I will love you two forever, sorry if I don’t show it 100% of the time. Thank you for everything you have done for me up until now and forever and always.

Adam