Today's Challenge is to write a letter to my parents....
Dear Mom and Dad -
For all that you have given me.
For all that you have done for me.
For guiding me in becoming the person that I am today.
For inspiring me.
For challenging me.
For picking me up and brushing me off when I have fallen.
For answering my questions, even the crazy and off the wall ones.
For asking me questions, so that I remember to come out of my shell.
For worrying about me.
For trusting me.
For NOT trusting me, at times.
For knowing "when I have learned my lesson".
For knowing when I still needed more education.
For being the best examples of humanity.
For showing me what love is supposed to be and what true, eternal friendship looks like.
For supporting me in any hair-brained scheme I may have and then for not saying "I told you so" when they perhaps failed.
For pushing me when you knew that it was for my own good to keep me focused on what needed to be done and not quit
For backing off when you understood that I was not necessarily on the right path for me and needed to quit.
For not making me feel guilty when I do quit, or stupid when I change my mind.
For tolerating me when I was going through my spoiled teen years.
For sheltering me from some of the struggles and turmoil that the world around us experienced.
For all the hugs and kisses.
For the spankings and groundings.
For limiting the television that was watched and introducing me to the magic of a book.
For living in "the country" so that I could grow up being a kid with a great imagination.
As I write this, I am getting teary-eyed thinking about how wonderful it has been to have you as my parents. True, there have been the rough patches where I struggled to either spread my wings when I wasn't quite ready to fly or when you were ready for me to leave the nest, but I was a little too comfortable snuggled into it. I sometimes wonder if our family is weird in that we aren't in constant contact with one another, and yet, I'm pretty happy with the state that our relationship is in. Even if we don't speak, I think about you and worry about you daily.
I love you more than I can ever show you.