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