To my Parents
I was fortunate in my life to have been adopted by the 2 best people on this earth. They raised me up in a very loving and fulfilling home, that has in a major way impacted who I am today. I don’t think I saw much negativity in our home, my parents never argued or fought (at least that I ever saw) and to this day I still wonder if they have ever had an argument. They taught me valuable lessons, like sharing, not fighting, being content with what you have, and appreciate the smaller things in life. We grew up without a lot materially, but we had a very full and happy family life. Church 3 times a week, family dinner together every night, and we could always count on my folks to be there when we needed them.
One thing that I remember the most was that my dad attended every sporting event I was ever in. And to this day I don’t know what he did with his work schedule to make it my Soccer matches, Track events and Basketball games. As a young parent of all boys, I know this is one attribute that I will make a concerted effort to emulate.
The fact that it had such a lasting impression on me growing up is a testament to the sacrifices he made, but how great it was to always be able to count on him being there, which was an awesome reassurance. I want my boys to always be able to count on their dad to always be there for them, like my dad was and always has been for me.
I can think of many things I can remember of my mother’s dedication and love to us kids growing up. But one thing that sticks out, was she was always there for us after school. Always with a yummy snack after we got home, and she would watch the neighborhood kids as well, because some of their parents were still working, and she would welcome them into our home. She was also doing her side business when we were little, so she was always sewing as well as keeping our house and having our awesome “monkey bread
” ready for us. These are trite things to remember, but when I look back, they just make up a little part of how great my parents are. So I wanted to say to my parents, thank you for everything you have done and still do in our lives.
Here is a great recipe for the monkey bread: Grands Monkey Bread Recipe
Is there a special thing your parents did for you growing up that you will always cherish, and hope to extend to your own family? I’d love to hear about it.