March 26, 2014

A Love Letter To My Parents …


A month ago I attended the funeral of my friend Susan’s mother. I cried the whole time. The I got in my car to drive to the cemetery and called my mom. I sobbed into the phone as I demanded, “You can’t die! Don’t ever die, okay?”

Silly, I know. Everyone is going to die. Even my Mom and Dad. But at that moment, the thought of every losing them turned me into a big fat blubbering baby pants.

We have now lived by my parents for the past eleven years. We’ve been through a lot in of hard things during those years. Cancer, miscarriages, death, anxiety, sadness, hurt, anger. But we’ve also been through some amazing things like reuniting with Melissa, meeting and hosting people from all over the U.S. and world, babies being born, laughter, tears from laughter, happiness and so much fun.

I love living near my parents! Being able to share all of life’s ups and downs with them has brought me so much joy and comfort. I know it is not for everyone. Some people want to be as far away from their parents as possible. Not me. If I had my way, I’d live on a little compound with my parents, The Hubby’s parents and any siblings who’d like to join us. Who’s in?

For me, family is where it’s at.

My parents will be moving West in two years. Instead of giving into the feelings of sadness this thought brings me, I’m trying to relish every minute we’re together.

So this post is a love letter to them. Mom and Dad, simply put, I love you so much and think you are absolutely AWESOME!

Thank you Dad, for being the number one cheerleader at all of Big C’s games. Thank you for keeping us up to date on what’s happening in our country and the world. Thank you for taking the time to teach us and so many others about this great country. Thanks for being smart and goofy and a big ol’ teddy bear. You are the tippety top of the top notch!

Mom, you are the bees knees! It’s no wonder all my friends want to be your friend too. It’s because you rock! Thank you for being a listening ear and a best friend. Thanks for watching my Owlie EVERY WEEK so I can do my church calling. Thanks for cooking delicious food and for being the Queen of the Queen’s Dish and for loving so many with all your heart. You have one of the biggest hearts ever known to man!

I can’t thank you for all you do to bless our lives, because it would be too much and too long and too embarrassing, but just know that being here with you has been one of the greatest blessings of my life.

I love you so, so much!


Janie said...

What a beautiful blog - of course, all your blogs start my day off just right. Your tribute to your parents is very tender and heartfelt. Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

AllisonK said...

You have an amazing family! I am so grateful to be related and get to know you more and more. Love you all!

The Queen Vee said...

"I'm not dead yet," but I'm blushing. I don't think one dies from normal blushing.

It is sad to finally send ones parents, other loved ones and friends off to the next big phase of existence. I'm really hoping that you won't have to do that for me for a long time although my time is getting shorter which mean it is growing closer.

I will be sad to leave beautiful Virginia, hopefully not because of death but because of choice. I do feel the need to do it while it is my choice and while I'm still able to do the work to make it happen.

Thank goodness for Air travel!

I never imagined that my children would live near me and I'm sure that it has occurred, not because I'm worthy of such a blessing, but more likely because I can still be of some use to them. For me, my life is all about the three Fs, Faith, Family and Friends. So far I've been able to totally indulge myself in all three, I pray it may continue.

I love you my dear beautiful, talented, and wise daughter, you are one of my very best friends.

Apis Melliflora said...

That is one well-written love letter. I am so grateful for family that lives within reasonable driving distance from me. I know that will change, but I'm savoring the time that I have.

Sue said...

Is it a bit selfish of me to rejoice that the Queen and the Kernal will be closer to me? I hope your little family might follow.

TracyS. said...

What a blessing for you and your family to be so close together. Making the most of this special time means that you won't have to live with regrets or what ifs.