It's Father's Day today! And you know, thinking back (and actually going and having a look through my blog to confirm it), I did not make mention of the equally important Mother's Day, last month. Tsk.... My bad. So I'm shouting out a Happy Father's Day and Happy Mother's Day to all those VIP's in the world who've taken on the life-long career of being a parent.
I have to laugh a little, because I am always hearing people boast about their offspring: Everybody thinks their own child is the absolute smartest, cutest, most advanced, most amazing, most perfect child in the history of children. Well, having parents is very similar.... because if I do say so myself, MY Mom and Dad are truly the coolest, most perfect parents a person could ever want, and need. Now don't get me wrong - my sister and I got hollered at and grounded and even got our butts swatted on the odd occasion when we were particularly smart-mouthed.... But we also received unconditional love and support, our home was open and always welcoming to all of our friends, our summer vacations rocked, I learned some mad card-playing skills, and I saw alot of eye-rolls but honestly do not ever remember hearing "I told you so" from either parent (even though I'm sure they were thinking it, many many times over!! LOL). I wanted for nothing; I had so much fun growing up and at every available opportunity I was encouraged to try new things.
I am never going to be a parent, but I will forever be someone's kid.... and I am probably the luckiest kid on the planet, seriously. I love my Mom and Dad more than anything - they are the best people I've ever known and I am fortunate beyond belief to have the family that I do!
|This is one of my favorite photos!|
Love you Elmo and Dunkster!!
I wrote this for my parents, years and years and years ago.... but it still stands true.....
It Takes Alot
It takes alot for two people to be parents.
It takes even more to be good parents,
It takes alot to get through the sleepless nights in infancy,
and then again during the adolescent years.
It takes alot to let a toddler inquisitively explore the world,
and listen respectfully to a teenager who can take on the world.
It takes alot to be stern with a teary-eyed three year old,
and to reason with a defiant sixteen year old.
It takes alot to teach a child right from wrong,
to instill morals and values,
and to sit back and watch a young adult learn from mistakes made.
It takes alot to support all the activities a growing youngster is involved in,
and to support all the decisions and choices a grown child makes.
But you two did it all,
and you did it all so extremely well.
very little questioning,
Just love, honesty and understanding,
and immense confidence and trust.
It takes alot.
Thank you Duncan and Elinor! I love you!!!