Thursday, November 10, 2016

for the ones who raised me.


Dear Mom & Dad,

I remember how we sat at the dinner table together every single night. I remember playing in the front yard. Filling a big Rubbermaid container with water for our toys' community pool. Playing baseball. Playing basketball. The time we put all our Furry Families on the van and Dad accidentally drove off, they all fell off, and we scoured his entire driving path until we found nearly every last one.

I remember conversations about being kind. Sticking by your friends. Sitting next to someone who might be alone at school. I remember the times we talked about respecting everyone. I remember dancing to this song on birthday mornings.  Eskimo kisses. Ice cream sundaes with peanuts. Singing prayers together at the dinner table. I remember Sanibel Island and the Smoky Mountains. I remember Maine and New York City. I remember camping in the middle of Point Reyes and hearing coyotes cackling to one another. I remember learning about acceptance and empathy.

And what I mostly remember is you leading by example. Living out the example you hoped we would someday carry on. Laughing in darkness. Standing brave during hard times. Tucking us in at night. Telling us you love us after every single phone call. I remember the love radiating from our home. Palpable.

Thank you.

Thank you for giving me the courage to find beauty in the many rich differences of the human experience. You are the hope and the fire and the light that I carry in my heart every single day. You are why I believe that people are mostly good and could always use a little bit more love. My gratitude to you is endless. It goes on forever and ever.



  1. And what a joy for us. We are so proud of you and love you so much. XXXOOO

  2. Every moment was, and is, precious! We are so incredibly blessed to have you in our lives -- yes, we are proud and love you so much!

  3. I commented on your last post (I was the second anonymous comment). Even though we don't know each other, I thought of you yesterday. Your post from November 4th was my favorite blog post I had read about the election. It resonated with me like none other. In fact, it read like something I would write. Because of this, I was anxious to see what you might post next. Once again, you've delivered. Thank you for sharing such personal thoughts. They're a pleasure to read.

    This is a beautiful tribute to your parents. It sounds like our parents share similar values. Like yours, my parents have worked hard to impart them on my siblings and me, both with words and actions. I've leaned heavily on my family over the past two days and my Dad has sent me a few texts. Here are two of my favorites:

    "I am so sorry, but we will fight and we will be alright together."

    "I am sending you this text in order to encourage you to rise above politics and refrain from the process of division... love will rule the day."

    1. I want to thank you so much for commenting and for the very kind words about my election post. I am so disappointed and saddened by the outcome, but rest in the assurance that hope will win the day. Bless you and your family and their thoughtful words. They are fuel to keep on with the good fight. XOXOXOXO


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