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.”

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.



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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