Happy 45th Anniversary to My Parents
45 years ago today, my parents tied the knot. Here’s a little video that takes us all back to that date in time.
It seems funny to me that my parents would have gotten married on the 26th of December considering my dad has been in the retail business since he was 16 years old. The day after Christmas is typically one of the busiest shopping days of the year, right up there with the day after Thanksgiving. So my dad has worked every year on their anniversary since I can remember. My mom seems fine with it. In fact, today she is even on-call in case my dad needs her to run any goods between stores. This would not be my idea of how to celebrate a special anniversary or any anniversary for that matter, but it works for them.
Today’s blog is a tribute to my mom and dad.
For the most part, my interactions with them still revolve around me. I haven’t lived under their roof for 25 years, but I still feel so dependent on them. Relationships are supposed to be “give and take”, right?? But, at 42 years old, I am still doing most of the taking. I am always calling them, asking for favors. Can you watch the kids? Will you take the kids shopping for boots? Can you drive the kids to religious school? Will you help with the science project? Will you proofread my blog before I publish? I am so focused on getting my selfish needs met, I rarely, if ever, ask how they are doing. I just found out my mom had tooth surgery 4 days ago and it still hurts.
So my anniversary gift this year is: a promise to be a better daughter. A daughter who asks, “what I can do for you?” instead of “Can you do this for me?”
I also want my parents to know how much I appreciate everything they have done and continue to do for me and my family.
I want them to know how much I love them. (I don’t say it enough). I want them to know how lucky and blessed I feel because they are still around and such an active part my family’s life.
I want them to know that I am here for them, just like they have always been there for me.