Tonight I found some photo files from early last summer when my folks stayed with me a short time. They like to party and were off for some social thing and I grabbed them quick to document their cuteness. They spend winters away and will be back in May so I thought I would share on here quickly.
They are my only family within the province and I am grateful to have them an hour or so away for me and the boys. They have worked hard always and have taken care of themselves so it's their time to play and enjoy their freedom. Also...it's going to be their 50th wedding anniversary this summer so I have to say they look pretty fantastic.
Being a parent is effin hard! Harder than I ever expected and as my boys grow up so fast and become so independent I find myself more and more grateful for all my folks gave to me. My parents didn't baby me and at time I hated them for it but now I am so grateful and I realize how much I learned not by what they said and did but by seeing them work hard and stay strong in life.
I have no idea what my boys will think of me when they leave the nest...I already have a teenager who thinks I am completely evil and a tween who has crossed the fine line from thinking I am the cat's ass to bouts of eye rolling and embarrassment. They both come back to me and still open up...our attachments are there beneath the hormones and I know they feel my love and security but it's still hard. Ry is my last hope and hopefully the third time is a charm for nailing a teen that wants to hang with me. He still reaches for my hand whenever we walk and hangs off my every word when I read or sing and comes in for snuggles and for that I am more grateful than anything. I will bake and craft and play hide and seek or whatever makes him sparkle while I can because I know now how fleeting the years are and everything else can wait.
love ya Mom & Dad,
Also a big shout out to my ex parents-in law as they were amazing role models for over twenty years too and it was Big Carl's birthday today. They are in Ontario but were there for me so much during university when my folks were already in BC and I was still out east...and they have always been there since too. Thanks Big Carl and Syb. So grateful for all you did. oxo