A Million Thanks
Courtney M. Dunn
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Major: Chemical Engineering
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
I wish I could have told you this a long time ago, but I have never been able to
readily verbalize my feelings. You have played such an influential role in my
life. Whenever I was on the brink of trouble, you were there. Whenever I was in
harm’s way, you protected me. Sure, I said “thank you”, but was that
enough? Was “thank you” enough for the woman who helped my mother nurse me
back to health after pneumonia and chicken pox? Was “thank you” enough for
the woman who, not having borne any children, loved us enough to call my mother
her “adopted” daughter? “Thank you” could not have been enough for the
woman who taught me to appreciate all people of all races and who exposed me to
many different cultures. Anyone who gains pleasure from doing anything and
everything they can, to make sure that I have all that I need and all that I
want, deserves so much more than a simple “thank you”.
I hope that I showed you how much I love and appreciate you through my words and
my actions. I hope that I have and will continue to live out the aspirations
that you had for me. Disapproval or disappointment from you would certainly lead
to my failure. I am sorry that it took me so long to express these feeling to
you, but it is better late than never, right? You are gone now, but I know that
you are watching over me and leading me along the right path. I hope that I have
made you proud. Even though you were not physically present for my high school
graduation or my 18th birthday, I know that you were smiling down at me and you
were satisfied with my accomplishments. I wish I could have made you aware of
these feelings before I lost you, but I have a strange feeling that you knew the
entire time. I more than thank you and I more than love you!!!
Courtney M. Dunn
© 2001 Howard University.
(First Published in limited print edition, An Anthology of Verse and Prose, by the Composition for Honours Class, Howard University, Spring 2001. Professor E.R. Braithwaite)
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