John O’Malley            12/4/17Van Donk, SpeechSec. #026, 066Commemorating My ParentsGood morning, I have a lot of pridein speaking in front of this communications class today and I am happy to begiving tribute to my parents who have been here to guide me through all myyears. I can remember my first day of school, glued to my mom, fearing that Iwas about to be alone for the first time. I specifically remember the words ofencouragement that they both have given to me. The trust I had, even at such ayoung age, had me sticking out my chest and going into the classroom.  My parents took care of me in every aspect;got me out of bed and ready in the morning, cooked for me (and still do),cleaned up my messes, and disciplined me in ways that play a huge role in who Iam today. They have protected me to the best of their ability, and cared for mewhen I got hurt.

They have been there with a warm shoulder for me to cry onthrough the hard times in my life, comforting me back to normal. Especially,through the surgery in which I shared with you guys previously this semester.They were there for my first steps, my first words, and my first injuries.

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Myparents show pride in my simplest accomplishments, such as a touchdown I wouldscore while playing youth football. Making my parents proud is the bestfeeling; it fills me with the confidence to keep practicing the things I love.These small acts of encouragement are what gave me my talents that I nowpossess. They taught me so many beneficial things with total patience, like howto swim, ride a bike and face my hardships. I know I grew too fast, slowlyleaving my childhood behind to unavoidably put them through the next stage ofmy life. I read a quote once that said, “Parents can only give good advice orput their children on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’scharacter lies in their own hands.” I am now learning how true this statementis.

I now have to decide where I go from here and what kind of person I wouldlike to be. I have always been dependent of my parents, wanting to be by theirsides as much as possible. This slowly changed as they had to slowly startteaching me how to get along without them and become independent. They haveinvested in me emotionally, physically, mentally, and financially, devotingthemselves completely into helping me proceed in life. They have always beenthere to catch me when I have fallen and to also push me back into place when Ihave wandered dangerously.

Their love is endless and always forgiving, nomatter how I act or treat them. I often took advantage of the love that theyhave given to me; never fully appreciating what I am so lucky to have. I failedto acknowledge the challenges and difficulties that they had to go through ineveryday life of raising me. They did these things not expecting anything inreturn, making sacrifices to better my future. They were a constant guard forme, lifting me back up after I made mistakes. They are the strongest ofwarriors when it came to my safety, protecting me when need be.

Their abilityto defend me has been limited as I get older, getting me ready for thehardships that I would meet one day alone. They have been teachers to me inmany ways, showing me how to get on my own, without them. Without my parents, Iwould be lost. All these things that they have done for me have made me abetter and more secure person. My parents have taught me everything I needed toget me here in this moment, making me evermore grateful for their efforts. Thesuccess that is celebrated here today as my first semester of collegeapproaches an end is dedicated to my parents, my beloved parents, for withouttheir support I would not be here.

I thank them a million times for getting mehere today.