But Now I See

My husband Kris had the honor of toasting his parents during their 50th Anniversary party a couple of weeks ago.  An excerpt:

“The seeds of these opportunities were sown through your hard work and dedication to the family.  I don’t know how obvious it is to all of us, but our success and perhaps excess were only achievable from the sacrifices you made.

I hope one day I’ll be able to explain to Arlo and Farrah about your sacrifices and how everything they have can be traced back to them.  I hope that one day I’ll be able to add to them myself, to show to Arlo and Farrah how one generation can speak to the generations that follow.”
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Kris and his sister Jui with their parents.

When I first met Kris sixteen years ago (WHAT) I had many labels for him and probably the most frequent was “SPOILED”.  I didn’t come from a place where family took care of you, supported you without expectation or repayment (with interest, natch), and because I wasn’t raised that way I thought there was something wrong with those who were.

I was deaf, dumb and blind until I married and mothered into this great family.  Only then could I see how everything my mother- and father-in-law did for their son would funnel directly down to my children – children they could’ve only hoped for while busy raising their own.  My kids could not have the endless opportunities they enjoy if their father didn’t also have them – and use them in the first place.  Even I have endless opportunities because of the way my husband was parented.  Isn’t that amazing?  I see now how love can flow in every direction and from a source so full and faithful it finds the most distant branches and gives them life.

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Happy Mother’s Day to my children’s Mimmi, my mother-in-law, my husband’s mother; from whom such blessings flow.

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