Today, I?m grateful for more wonderful people in my life: my Mom and Dad. They may have been young when they started having kids (18 and 19 yrs old), but they did a dang good job. I?m sure they both had moments where they questioned if they even knew what they were doing (how could you not, so young!), but their ability to love us (and everyone in their lives) deeply and unconditionally made okay any mistakes they may have made.
I?ve never met two people that complimented each other so well. My dad brought out the best in my mom, and my mom brought out the best in my dad. Until the day my dad passed away in 2011, their relationship was incredible. Not perfect?but incredible. The way a relationship should be. He treated her with more respect than I had ever seen a man treat a woman. And she appreciated and respected him more than life itself. Anyone that experienced being in a room with these two knew that what they had was something different than most. They truly loved each other, made each other strive for greatness, and were what I have always hoped to model my relationships after.
They had their trials together, believe me. But they fought harder than anyone to make it through. Seeing their support and love through all of it was unbelievable. Only best friends could endure what they did.
Because of this one-of-a-kind example we kids had in our lives, we all thrived as individuals, and as a family unit.
I am forever grateful for the lessons Mom and Dad taught us, the people we have become because of them, and for the years of wonderful memories we have to look back on?all thanks to those two ?.
I?ve always said this, and it remains true?I feel like I hit the family jackpot in life.