A Heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to my Mom and Dad

A Heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to my Mom and Dad
November 9, 2011 jflojennings

By Kristen Eriksen

On Oct 21st my parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  It really is quite a milestone to be married for 50 years.  Since this fell on the heels of my new “blogging” status, I can think of no better first topic.

My parents raised six children; five girls and one boy.  We all have our faults and imperfections, but all in all we are a pretty happy, healthy and well-adjusted group (although any number of friends or spouses may disagree with this!!!).  My parents made it look easy.  Now that I am a mom, I know that it certainly was not easy.

Mom, I see and hear you in so many things that I do and say to my twins.  You taught me to be silly, to sing, to laugh, and to teach them about compassion.  I learned from you how to describe simple things with many adjectives to make them sound awesome (like fresh, icy cold water at bedtime, a crisp, juicy apple, or a crisp, white shirt).  You taught me how to make everything seem awesome!

Dad, it is a wonder that you survived with all the hormones in our house!  How did you survive our teen years with only one bathroom?  I think that your sense of humor carried you through!  The blessing of a son after all of us girls was the trophy for you!  I hear you in all the silly, corny jokes that I repeat so often.  I can still hear you saying “That a boy, girl!”  It is like music to my ears.

I think my sister, Julie, was able to sum it up much better than I, in the toast she wrote for them.   In it she thanks my mom for her “Rose-colored glasses” and thanks my dad for his “realism”.

Last week, when we lost our power for four days, I took the twins and moved back home for a few days.  My parents were so excited, welcoming and helpful.  My mom flitted around the house, thrilled to have a big crew to cook for again.  My dad graciously gave up his TV room, sleep and the calm of their now empty nest to accommodate us.  I had two nice little breakdowns from stress and exhaustion, but they were unphased.  They were able to roll with the punches, in ways I have recently forgotten to roll.  Thank you for reminding me to stop and smell the roses, which are so much prettier when you look at them through rose-colored glasses, really!

Comments (4)

  1. Patty 9 years ago

    Lovely and loving tribute to your Mom and Dad!

  2. Beautiful Kristen!!! Congrats to your Mom and Dad!!

  3. Bernadette 9 years ago

    Great parents make great kids…..and they make great parents, too.
    A lovely tribute to your Mom and Dad!

  4. Meredith 9 years ago

    Kristen, what a beautiful post and a beautiful family. Your parents sound a lot like my Mom and Dad too – we are very lucky!

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