parents

The boundless love a parent has for their child is matched only by their capacity to embarrass them.

  • w 🦋
    Published 4 days ago
    Acid Trip That Changed my life 🪐

    Acid Trip That Changed my life 🪐

    Soo first off RAVES. If you don’t know what a rave is, it’s basicly a bunch of a people cracked out on drugs, vibing to edm, & a fuck ton of dancing while wearing the sluttiest but most bad ass outfits.It’s literally the BEST. But anyways so this story begins with a rave/festival called Escape. Escape is Halloween themed & it just happens to land a few days after my birthday. So for my big 18 I decided to go out with a bang & go. It wasn’t my first rave but it was my first rave going in llegaly so I knew what I was getting myself into. But anyways so it was me, my boyfriend, his 2 friends, we didn’t know if we just wanted to take ecstasy & roll or trip on some acid or both and candy flip 🍬. I’ve never took acid so I wasn’t sure how I was gonna like it but I said fuck it & put the tab under my tongue. At first when it started hitting me I was DIEING, when I say dieing I mean like throwing up, not being able to walk & feeling dizzy as hell. My boyfriend took it a few times so he was big chilling the whole time but he was sooooo over me within the first few minutes. So once I got my shit together we started walking around the festival grounds & bro let me tell you, that shit was AMAZING!! But wait before I keep going, keep in mind that acid makes you basicly “see” & think stuff that you been holding off on & been “avoiding”. So yeah we were walking around & as my senses got stronger I looked at my boyfriend & he was glowing, he looked like a goddess, he was wearing this cool, wierd but hot patterned shirt & in this trip he was my “explorer” showing me around his land. Like I said earlier this event took place during Halloween season so everybody was dressed up as something. While we were walking around I felt like we were walking in slow motion, there was some slutty lions, some slutty clowns, some slutty basicly of any animal you could think of 👯‍♀️. Sometimes people’s makeup & costumes gave me a little scare but as he held my hand & led the way I felt more safer than ever. At one point I felt like I couldn’t handle myself & I had a breaking point & cried & there my boyfriend was trying to make me feel better & more important then ever trying to guide me to the fun & the music while I was riding thai emotional roller coaster 🎢. All I could of my whole trip was of my problems at home with my mom. Things weren’t the best, we weren’t talking & she just had such a toxic energy to her everytime I was near her. And don’t get me wrong I love my mom but our relationship was shit & as much As I tried to fix things the more it was got worse for years. And for the first time in a long time the acid made it clearer that I needed to get out of the toxic environment that made me sad & depressed. I needed to do something that made me happy again. So as the night ended & my “explorer” finished showing me around his wold land we got back to the car and all for us had a moment of realization. We let the night sink in & sat in the car laughing & just vibing, just good vibes all around lmaooo. UNTILL BAM💥 all of us were to fucking fucked up to even drive. It was 4am & it was too expensive to get a Uber, we called everyone we knew to come save us but none came thru. I knew I wasn’t gonna get home so I texted my mom just to let her know I was gonna be sleeping some place else & dude I was not ready for her response. She called me a hoe, a bitch & that all I ever do is be in the streets & some other things but she texted it all in Spanish which made it 183638292x times more hurtful. & that’s the moment where I decided I needed to get the fuck out of her house 🏡 & be happy with the people that make me happy. So I don’t go home for at least 3 days bc I was scared of going back to get my shit & dip. I went one day while she was at work & she literally locked every single fucking window, door literally everything so that I couldn’t get in. So I had no choice to confront her & get it over with to get all my stuff. Keep in mind she didn’t text me that whole time I was gone but yeah. The day came where I grew the balls to go get my shit, I went in & got everything. Well I thought I got everything at the time but I ended up leaving a shit ton of stuff lmao. But anyways since then I haven’t talked to her it’s been 5 months without talking to my mom. I’m living with my boyfriend 👩‍❤️‍👨 & it’s not that great as I thought it was gonna be but it’s better than being around toxic energy. She drained me & im finally free. I’m still young, I’m 18 & I’m not sure exactly if I made the right decision. But what I do know is that I can only grow from here & it’s crazy to think what made the final choice of me leaving & what changed my life forever was some acid. 🦋🪐 & that’s my story, Thankyou if you actually read all this ik it’s a lot but it felt nice to write it 💛✏️ & a lot of you might think I’m dumb for makinh this decision but it’s cool, it’s my life & im still learning & im just gonna continue to grow 🌱
  • Paige Graffunder
    Published 4 days ago
    An Unexpected Glimpse

    An Unexpected Glimpse

    I feel like this all needs some explanation. There were no smartphones in 1999, and yet that's when the original picture was taken. However, this photo, was taken with a smartphone, more on that later. Believe me when I tell you that there are four extraordinary things about this photo, probably more, but I have time for four. Maybe this will never mean anything to anyone except me, but I need to put it out there anyway. To me, this picture, this story, means everything.
  • Evonna Hunter
    Published 5 days ago
    The Life Of A Single Parent

    The Life Of A Single Parent

    I never thought I would be a single parent , I've always dreamed of being married and then having my child because I wanted complete family like I grew up in. I wanted my child to experience the love in the same home with the same parent. Being a single parent is tough but I believe I'm rocking it out without a problem. Paying daycare, missing work when she' sick also working long hours . So many say they want children my advice to them would be to wait until the right person comes in your life and they want to marry you and start a family with them. Kids are the biggest blessing and i believe when you bring a human in to this world you should want the best for them and you she want them to be as happy as they can be with both parents. Living with one parent and the other one is not active can take a huge toll on a child you will see them cry become angry and even say things that you aren't use to them saying. Just hold them like you normally would and talk to them and be the best Mother/ Father you can be . When they get older they will realize that you was there for them. Growing up in a house hold where i had mother and father was nice it's all my mother wanted for us because she didn't grow up with her dad . She wanted to be sure that we had that happy life with both parents in the home and a lot of kids was jealous of me because i had two parents they would say i thought i was better then everyone. That was not the case at all my dad was in the home but not an active parent with having and open communication relationship with his kids. My dad worked and took care of his family but he was still an absence father. I never got a chance to go to those father daughter dances , donuts with dad none of that because he wasn't really around. I guess that why i had such high hopes for my children and their father. But that didn't go as planned. August the 6th was the best day of my life because I had a human that i loved no matter the situation and no matter how many times her dad and I fought I knew that the love she had for me was unconditional. Now i can't get enough of her I want to know what she's doing how she's doing , I don't want to miss a second of her life because everything counts. Some people say when it comes to my child i crowd her or i smother her but i don't think that's the case I love her more then I have loved anything or anyone and that is the way i should feel about me child no matter the issues the parents have. when you protect your kids energy they will definitely protect your heart. Many people don't know that kids watch and observe a lot of the things that happens and that has happened and they remember who hurt them or who hurt someone that they love. You have to be careful of who your kids are around and who you allow in to their life, this includes family members. Protect your children just as much as you protect other things. Show them how you should treat people you don't have to wait on the other parent when you be the best parent that you can be your child will turn out to be a reflection of their childhood.
  • H G
    Published 7 days ago
    What makes a mother?

    What makes a mother?

    Is it such a straightforward thing anymore? Being a mother? Nowadays in a society where you can identify as a potato if you want to, definitions are blurred compared to what they once were. But from what I've been observing for several years is the bias against change in what defines others. A big example would be mothers of children vs. "mothers" of pets. Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones was given those dragon eggs, she didn't birth them; yet, she was called the mother of those dragons. How dare she, except...she CAN dare to call herself that. She can dare all day long. This is because being called a mother isn't as simple as giving birth to a child anymore. It's tagged to any caregiver who displays the very characteristics of nurturing and guidance necessary to ensure survival of the receiver of this care. Couples that are having trouble conceiving will get into the adoption process and after waiting possibly years, finally adopt a child for them to love and care for. The "mother" in this scenario is still not regarded as a mother for having such a big heart and so much love to give a child she didn't bear herself? What about single dads who put down everything to handle their child's needs when they are doing it all on their own? They have to provide way more and be that child's absolute world while still supporting the financial needs of them both.
  • cringysam
    Published 8 days ago
    The thing about hitting puberty...

    The thing about hitting puberty...

    "Parents are your best friend" ain't that amazing? Let's be honest, no matter how close you think you are with them, you're NOT, or at least not me. I consider myself being pretty close to my parents given the fact that they got married and had kids at a fairly young age, they're like my friends, the kind of friend that lures the secrets outta your mouth and overwhelm you with their so called opinion, for weeks. My mom is so proud of the fact that she thinks we tell her EVERYTHING and often shows off to her friends saying something like "My daughters share everything with me, I know it's so cool right? We're almost like sisters and I guess this is the benefit by getting married early blahblahblah" Yeah you're right, ALMOST, this is when i put on my awkward social mask and smile like my face is twitching while my inner devil is actually throwing a party knowing that she only knows what I choose to let her know. VICTORY. Knowing exactly how and how much to share is an art because the line between getting all the help you need and getting into trouble is hella thin and I'm telling you, you don't want no trouble. Here’s an example, I told my patents that I started writing on Vocal and stopped right before they could ask about what the content is, which is THEM obviously. Now the tricky part is that how far I go determines what kind of reaction I’m getting, is it “Aww honey I’m so proud of you! I always knew there’s something in you!” or “Young lady we need to talk.” See? Parents are like malfunctioned fire alarms, they could be completely cool about the situation despite the feeling that they’re gonna snap and come at you like it’s no one else’s business the second they sense something wrong, which is totally up to each of their sensibilities. This concept came even clearer after I hit puberty, if you have no idea why let me put it this way, as long as you hit puberty the problem is no longer “Jeffery keeps teasing me” but “Jeffery keeps teasing me because he likes me” cherry on the top. This is the point when you start looking for advices from whomever you could get in touch with, your bff, your teachers, the girl or boy next door and even the psychic on YouTube, last but not least your daddy and mommy. Now if you have open-minded, supportive parents, lucky you, but if you happen to have overpowering parents just like I do, what’s gonna happen is that they’re gonna make sure that you do whatever they want you to even if you already have an answer deep down since they apparently know what’s best for you. That means that Jessica who already has a boyfriend gotta go, Joyce the school counselor? Gotta go, that Amanda who encourages you to study art and talk to Jeffery? Absolutely no. The worst part is that the second you disobey them they'll start pulling this fine-do-whatever-you-want attitude to make you feel guilty or question your ability of decision making (trust me this never gets old) but actually that’s called having your own damn opinion, there's nothing wrong with that and you certainly shouldn't feel stupid about it. Not until I hit puberty have I realized how glad I am to not have them on my side, it feels like some sorta switch in my body turned on and all of the sudden I just want to do whatever they told me I shouldn’t, there’s this time I decided to put on face mask right before my mom asked me to, suddenly this voice whispered to me “Mission Abort." so I ended up following my instinct. Why? It’s almost like an epiphany when the answer popped up in my mind, we have been deeply convinced that everything they do or want us to do is for the best since we were kids, so they went with the same trick over and over again even til we finally grew up with our own secrets and thoughts developing, they somehow forget that we no longer pee our pants and believe in Santa so that they could continually force their opinions through, the only difference now is that we are tired of being treated this way, that's why. Please don't get me wrong I do love my parents even though they could be incredibly annoying sometimes, all I want to say is that it is ok if talking to your parents is what you desire but it is also completely fine if you choose to take all the time you need to sort things out even if that means you have to keep secrets or seek advice from others, even if that means we're gonna make mistakes and learn from them. It is our journey, we're the one who's steering our ship, cleaning up the vomits and discovering the treasures, not Jessica, not Amanda, not them. Say we are taught not to stay with any guy who makes us feel stupid then why should we feel stupid for not following our parent's footsteps? This ain't rocket science and we are no rebellions knowing what we actually need, we are just unraveling life by taking different routes. If I hurt your feelings, I'm sorry, I meant no harm and wish the best for all of you but like i said, you always have a choice, you don't have to do what I said if you're not vibing with me, just DO YOU, the heart wants what it wants. Puberty can be really tricky sometimes, It's like that Jeffery who sends you mixed signals, but at the end of the day we all learn from it and appreciate whatever it has brought us, hopefully we will pass on the wit and become those people we used to picture in our mind as we sail further into the unknown.
  • The Hayes Family
    Published 9 days ago
    Mommy & Baby morning routine challenge

    Mommy & Baby morning routine challenge

    As a mom everyone has a challenging morning, which is why most moms have a morning routine. I wonder what is your most favorite part of your morning routine and what's you're most challenging part of your morning routine?? My favorite part of my mommy and baby morning routine, has to be when baby takes a nap after her bath. When she falls asleep I can actually care for myself from head to toe. I can also get anything that needs to be done out of the way because as you know being a mom you really won't have time to get things done while baby's awake. While baby's up they need to be fed, played with, massaged, changed and more, the list goes on. The most challenging part for me I'd have to say is cleaning up, this is because cleaning up my home thoroughly takes time. My daughter is usually almost always up at that time, when she's up I care for her till her next nap to resume cleaning. If she takes a short nap which she does sometimes, I resume cleaning like 10 times in that day. I think all mommy's are super moms because at the end of the day we take care of our mini me's and get things done. I can't imagine my days without a morning routine.
  • Frank Zaccari
    Published 9 days ago
    Remembering a Great Man
  • Kim Spicer
    Published 11 days ago
    Mother

    Mother

    The photo I pick is of my mother. We are at Ihop for breakfast and while waiting for our food, she had gazed outside the window for several minutes and was daydreaming about something or maybe someone. At that moment, I had to discreetly take a picture of her in that moment of wonder, like a time capsule of her. I love this picture because it was a natural juncture of my mother in deep thought, which I rarely get to see because I live across the country and when I do see her and spend time with her, she is mostly moving around doing something or cooking most of the time and spending time with her grandchildren. At that instant, she was taking the time to herself and to think about something was it life; her past, present or future or even her loved ones. In the photo, is she happy, sad or just content with life? When looking at my mother, at the instance it reminds me of how valuable our loved ones are to us and every minute we have with them is a blessing to have with them since we don't know when our last day will be with them. So every day I say or text, ”I love you” to her. To my husband and kids, I give them a kiss and say ”I love you”, at night before going to bed I give them hugs, kisses and say ”I love you.”
  • SKYLERIZED
    Published 14 days ago
    You’re No Psychic, Pop

    You’re No Psychic, Pop

    Onions sizzle and provolone cheese bubbles atop red strips of beef and gray tiny slabs of chicken. Like a surgeon performing work on a patient, a young lady flips over the contents of the grill with precision and ease. The scent of a cheesesteak and a chicken cheesesteak waft through the store. It is replete with a panoply of colorful chips, cookies, potato salad, macaroni salad, and potato salad. This is Casapulla’s in Newark, make that Glasgow, Delaware.
  • Beckie Dayman
    Published 14 days ago
    Life as we know it

    Life as we know it

    For many years I have struggled with the concept of "Live within your means" as so many of us struggle financially for whatever reason that is mostly out of our control. Some might say that we put ourselves in our current position however what people don't always think about when you moan about your financial situation is that, yes we did choose this path in life but the overall result will be remembering the days when things were so tough that you weren't sure where your children's next meal was coming from and the soul destroying decisions you had to make, but from the comfort of your nice home that is now a safe haven for you and your family because you made that sacrifice at that stage in your life in order to better it. I often think that one day I will be in that safe haven, but right now I am in my "life bubble", struggling to make ends meet on one income (much thanks to my supportive hard working hubby) which is not that big for supporting a family of five, whilst I put myself through more education at nearly age 40 to better my career prospects and chance of a bigger salary that comes with it, making that safe haven a realistic goal and not an impossible dream. We are currently looking at remortgaging to consilodate all the debts that have racked up whilst being a student and full time Mum, but trying to live the life that I wanted for my family, including the memory making holidays that are so important to my family's mental health. These holiday's of course are important, but little did I realise the long-term impact on our mental health which made the short-term benefits fly out of significance! The arguments caused by poor, financial, spur of the moment decisions, the necessity of saying NO to your children's demands that once were met with a Yes!!! all contribute to a very unhappy household who were already on the brink of collapse when my younger sister died of bowel cancer just before the start (and was partly the reason why) of my life plan upheavals. For most of my working life I have given my soul to the NHS as a bottom grade staff nurse and felt little desire to go up the ranks as family of two turned into family of five over the last 12 years and brought much joy to our lives. Losing my sister at the young age of 33 put a lot of things in my little life bubble into perspective and I made the grand decision to quit nursing and follow my mother's career choice by training to become a maths teacher! Don't ask! But here I am three and a half years later, one assignment away from finishing my degree and in the worst place mentally that I think I have been ever! Making big decisions, big financial choices, making that safe haven seem like an impossible dream again. But remembering what one of the last things my sister said to me before she died, which was, "Don't be sad for me! Live your life happily no matter what is thrown to test you, as long as you are surrounded by those who love you and make you feel safe then you will achieve happiness" (Nicky Vanstone, 2016) and so here I am, getting me "Happy" and only then can I make that impossible dream an achievable reality again, one day....
  • Harley Super
    Published 18 days ago
    Fathers - Be Good to Your Daughters

    Fathers - Be Good to Your Daughters

    We individualize the things we experience so that we can relate to them - it’s human nature. When a great movie ends, I feel like a small piece of me is altered for a little while. When someone wants to show me something they've drawn, or painted, I feel like they’re sharing a part of themselves with me. When the right song plays, it can make or break my mood before the first chorus even starts.
  • Amber Gant
    Published 22 days ago
    Parents are Made, Not Born.

    Parents are Made, Not Born.

    Parents are Made, Not Born