Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad.

It is the 4th of July. In my entire life I have not been able to think of July 4th without thinking about my parents. Mom and dad were married sixty-seven years ago today.

Today, my parents are celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary, together in heaven. For us, we have nothing to do. Odd. Every July 4th we would celebrate our parents and our country with a big party at my family home. Each year we gathered for a family photo.

There was one group photo taken after this one. One more party for my parent’s 60th anniversary in 2011. Since that was just three months after Joe’s passing, it was an unbearable day for me. I can’t bring myself to look at a family photo that is missing Joe. This is mama and dad on that day.

I am not sure how I am feeling today. I work hard at not taking myself to sadness when I think about my parents. I am reminded, when I hear the song, Lost Stars by Adam Levine “Don’t you dare let our best memories bring you sorrow.” My parents and my son, Joe, are truly my best memories. My parents taught me many things in life; I can do anything I want to do if I have a good plan, be creative, be kind and find the humor in everything. Since the passing of these three I continue to learn. I now appreciate every day and everyone. I do not think too far ahead into my life. I stay in the now. Honestly, do we really have anything other than this moment? I have a deeper appreciation for the people in my life. There is no guarantee any of us will be here tomorrow.

Today, I will send good thoughts to mama, dad and Joe. I have asked for them to send us a sign that they are still near in spirit.

If you have parents or a parent on this earth, call them today. Do what I cannot do. Tell them you love them and that they are important to you.

Happy July 4th.


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