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!