My Parents, I miss them and am thankful for what they taught me!
My dad died in 2008 and mom in 2010 and I still miss them and have things I would love to share with them.
I am thankful…
that they gave me life.
that they made me go to Church every weekend and holy day. (I was not thankful when I found out that Thanksgiving and Ash Wednesdays were not Holy Days of Obligation)
that they made me respect my elders and always use their titles.
that they made me behave in public.
that they made me sit quietly in Church even if it was boring or in a strange language. When they were kids it was always in another language.
that they made me study and get good grades.
that they made me go out an play.
that they didn’t let me watch TV on school nights.
that they loved me more than they needed me to like them.
that they made us eat dinner together almost every day.
that they loved each-other and were best friends.
that they let us have a dog that turned out to be dad’s dog!
that they bought a VW camper so that we could see more of Europe.
that they paid for my college.
that they were always there for me.
that they always pushed me to be better.
that they encouraged me to read.
that they never let me give up.
that they let me tinker and fix things, even their cars.
that they shared their life and faith so freely!
that they made me look for the best in others to include siblings.
Could go on and on, but to Close
I remember early in the seminary that my spiritual director, Fr. Alex, asked me to talk about when my parents would fight. I said they don’t. He said, what about a disagreement. I said that I didn’t know because they always discussed differences when we were not around. He didn’t really ever believe me, but thanks mom and dad for an amazing life.
They put their marriage first, so that we always had a stable house to come home to. The only think that I could have asked for, was to have you with us for more time. You left us when you both were way too young!