Sometimes in your life, you meet people who truly exemplify selfless love. In this crazy world where love seems to be on the back burner, it is so refreshing to see true love between two people. There are so many things I have learned from these two wonderful people. I learned how to tie my shoes, how to read and write, how to skip rocks across a creek. I was taught the value of spending time outside, of being kind to others, the value of respect and hard work. They taught me how to love others, to serve others selflessly, and to always stand up for what I believe in. All of these things they taught me as I was growing up.
The older I got the more I recognized what love my parents had for each other. As I matured and found my husband, I really began to realize how much I had learned about marriage from my parents. Their marriage and relationship is their priority. You will rarely find one without the other. When I was growing up they both went to all of our sporting events and if they both couldn’t come, we didn’t do it.
They have always gone on dates even if it meant finding a babysitter and as I got older, I became that convenient sitter for my brothers! At the time it may have seemed annoying that I had to stay home. I now know how crucial that has been to their marriage.
They still look at each other like they got married yesterday. You can absolutely see the love in their eyes. My dad has always been so thoughtful with my mom. He leaves her notes on the mirror, buys/picks her flowers for no reason – even if it means pulling over the car to pull up some flowers by the roots. When they were dating dad always would play the guitar for mom and sing her songs about her good looks ;-) he still does to this day!
My mom is so selfless, she has always put her wants on the back burner when it came to things like where we were going to have dinner, etc. She does little things that I now know are big things like makes dad lunch every day for work, not to mention all of the school lunches she packed over time, makes dinner every night, does the laundry, cleans the house. She truly shows my dad love by doing all she can for him so when he gets home from work they can enjoy their time together.
They are the sweetest together, if there is music they will be the first couple on the dance floor followed, of course, by their children. They go to church every Sunday and insist they sit right next to each other even if all the kids are there. They always kiss each other goodbye and say I love you as often as they can. I can say Quint and I look up to their relationship and hope to be as close and as in love as they are after 32 years of marriage. So if you were wondering how to have 32 years of foolproof love, this is one wonderful way. Happy Anniversary to my two most favorite parents in the world, I love you and I am so happy I got to capture your never ending love for each other!