It is with a great deal of emotion that I write this thankful post ....it would be my parents wedding anniversary today of of 71 years.....and I know if they were still here...we would celebrate their lifelong loving relationship. High school sweethearts they married after my mother graduated from Marquette University and my Dad returned from the Navy. Their relationship set an example of what was sort of a "Cleaver Family" childhood. (Though I can't say I remember Mom vacuuming in high heels...I do remember shirtwaist dresses.)
They instilled in me...a work ethic....there was not ever the "entitlement" we see all too often today ....whether it was buying a car, getting a college education...I was expected to do my part in funding all or a good part of it.....even driving their car....I paid for the gas and the additional insurance for adding me as a driver.
Since before I was old enough to write...I would send thank you notes tracing the words "Thank you For the...." and then drawing a picture (Nope...couldn't draw then or now) of whatever I was given.
We have many wonderful memories of my Mom's "Momisms".....who had a BIG personality and lived with us the last six months of her life. People at our wedding kept saying that they thought she had had enough to drink.....she didn't drink...it was just Mom.
My Dad was meticulous about everything....and he and David were as close as if they were Father and Son...watching/coaching Packer games and helping to build our house.
I am thankful today and every day for the value system they instilled in me..for an eye and heart to give wherever and however you can to people who are in need.
My Mother passed away four years ago on Thanksgiving Day and this is always a difficult time to get in the spirit of celebrating....and yet, we know that is what she would want us to do. Neither of us liked turkey so we always had alternate meats...and we had holidays at our house, loving the cooking and always someone at the table that had no family.
Now we are the people at other people's table ....and our "Friendsgiving" tradition is comforting.
Thank you Mom and Dad ...I hope Heaven is like we imagine and you are toasting your special day together. Know that your daughter lives every day in a way I hope you would be proud of....and that not one passes that we don't miss you both with all our hearts.