Today, I am especially grateful for my parents. On Thursday of last week, they celebrated 32 years of marriage. Thirty-two years, you guys. Can I just tell you how awesome I think that is? Like, brings tears to my eyes kind of awesome. I am so grateful for these two people and that I can call them Mom and Dad and all of what that stands for in my life.I love going through old pictures of them, especially the ones from when they were dating. I love hearing all of the stories I already know so well, like how they met (they worked at the same hospital – he was a doctor and she was a nurse), the parties they’d have with their friends, countless trips they went on together, and the incredibly romantic way my dad proposed. (He sutured her engagement ring to a sweater she opened on Christmas day, which is also her birthday.) I’ve heard all of these stories so many times but sometimes I still ask questions, pretending not to remember, so that one of them will tell the story just once more.
It’s a weird moment when you realize that your parents are actually people, and not just Mom and Dad. I remember when that happened for me – I was in college and my parents had come to visit for a football game. I brought them to a party my boyfriend at the time was having and before I knew it, they were both standing outside with my boyfriend and all of his football friends. Someone had just said something funny (if I had to guess I’d say it was my dad) and everyone was laughing hysterically, standing in a circle, drinkin’ beers and grillin’ burgers. And it was like, there stood my mom and dad – kickin’ it with the guys, and everyone was laughing at their jokes, looking at them like – of course, they’re a part of the group. And they were. And that was the first time I saw them as actual cool people. (ha) 🙂
Of course, it doesn’t just happen once, this realization. And once it happens, it will continue to happen and more frequently. The older you get, the more experiences you go through, the more you learn- the more you grow to not just love your parents, but actually really like them as people, too. Another one of these moments that stands out is a few years ago when Christian and I came home to Indiana to spend the weekend with my parents. The four of us had just eaten dinner and were getting ready to settle in for a wild night of The Big Bang Theory marathon. As we cleared the dishes and prepped for some marathon-worthy ice cream, I caught a sweet moment they had together. They didn’t even know that I’d seen what I had, but as my mom pulled out her 923874 ice cream toppings, my dad looked at her like she was the cutest and coolest person he’d ever seen. He then walked over to her and gave her a hug. And they just stood there, my dad hugging her, while my mom continued to tell him which toppings she was going to put on her ice cream. And for that moment, once again, they were more than just my parents- they were two people, a married couple, having a sweet and hilarious and endearing married couple moment. And I smiled while I thought, “These two people are awesome.”
Mom and Dad, Thank you for vowing to choose each other thirty-two years ago, and for choosing each other every day since then – on the easy days but especially on the hard days. Thank you for being such awesome, loving, goofy, 923874 ice cream topping loving people. I am so, so grateful for your marriage and for the human beings you are.
What are you grateful for?
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