I'd like to publicly acknowledge mom and dad's 41st ANNIVERSARY!
On February 11, 1966 two 19-year olds---a small town boy from Kennesaw, Georgia and a Brooklyn born girl whose parents moved her to Miami a decade earlier---married in a small ceremony in Miami, FL.
I think the odds were against them.
They proved the odds wrong.
Through three kids, umpteen assorted pets, three homes, one major relocation, surgeries, illnesses, the deaths of their fathers, job losses, money problems, stress, 41 Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners, ups, downs, ins, outs, happiness, sadness, depression, crisis, tears and a lot, oh a LOT of laughter, they made it.
My parents are kind and simple people. They don't live in a fancy home, they don't have lots of friends and they don't wear expensive clothes. My parents aren't college educated but they are among the smartest people I know. My parents don't have money but they are rich in family and the things that matter to them. They aren't materialistic, they don't value "things" over people. My parents aren't perfect, but who is? My parents did the best they could with us kids, years later they probably wonder if sometimes they did the right thing. Yes, mom and dad, you did. My parents have fought and argued over the years and they got past it and moved on. Neither one of them was always the easiest to live with, they had their moments, but parents aren't supposed to be easy to live with all the time. Sometimes parents have to make difficult choices. It's only when we kids are grown up that we realize that.
My parents are as different from one another as night and day, yet they are two peas in a pod, they just belong together. And 41 years after taking that huge step in life, they're still here and still together. And so it goes that you can stay married and make it work--if you really want to.
They wanted to.
So today, I wish my parents Larry & Naomi a very VERY happy anniversary.
They deserve all the happiness life has to offer!