I have great ingredients. I’m working on using them better–returning my gifts with increase. The whole stewardship thing is really important to me at every level. So, I can certainly do better with the gifts I’ve got. But they are good gifts.
What the hell am I blabbing about here? Today is Mom and Dad’s 30th wedding anniversary. They’re off on some semi-secret rendezvous somewhere within driving distance. They left yesterday afternoon, right after we had brunch in Sioux Falls. (I highly recommend the Casa del Rey Sunday brunch–come hungry.) I’m really glad they are my Mom and Dad.
The rest of this post is just for them. Now, I realize I’m posting this on the world wide web, but I trust you. No peeking. 🙂
First, my heartfelt thanks to you Mom. You’ve always been my biggest fan. You held me when I cried (even when I wasn’t supposed to anymore), you believed me when I surely lied, you made my special days special, you thought I was cool even when I wasn’t, and you taught me a passion for learning that I cherish every day. You’ve given me many gifts. The greatest, though, is your strength in faith.
You were my first catechism teacher, in second grade. You’ve never stopped teaching me–even today. I admire your faith more than you’ll ever know. I only wish I had the strength to love and live it as you do.
Dad, I thank you too. For always defending me, even when I didn’t realize you noticed what I was up to. For protecting me from young mistakes, even though I made you feel like a hard-ass. For teaching me to work hard (though I think Jaimie wishes you would have toned that one down some 🙂 ). For sharing with me your love and respect for nature. For being my conscience more often than you could ever know. For showing me to appreciate what I have instead of wanting something else. You will always be my most trusted adviser.
And to the both of you, I thank you most for teaching me to love. When we were growing up, we didn’t need lots of kisses and hugs to know you loved us. We were reassured every day by being surrounded in your love for each other. I never remember a nasty fight between you two. Of course you had arguments, but they were always pretty peaceful ones (at least in front of us). I’ve never had a sliver of doubt in my mind–ever–that my parents love each other with all your hearts and souls. You probably don’t know how comforting and safe that made me feel growing up. I never appreciated it when I was young–I thought it was normal. As I grew up and spent time with friends and saw other families living their lives, I began to realize how special that gift was. Now I have my own family and walk that marriage journey with Jaim. Thanks for being super role models for us. You made marriage look so easy. Only true love can do that.
Happy anniversary, wherever you are. I love you both.