My parents are such wonderful sweet people. They're full of so much love, for us and for each other. They have a strong marriage that's been prayed over and blessed by God, and in the 25 years they've been married they've never had an argument.
Well, ok, they had one. But they staged it. Some ploy to get us kids to stop arguing with each other because apparently, watching us pick at each other was making them sad.
Anyway. I've always admired my parent's relationship. They're not what you'd called spring chickens anymore. In fact, over Christmas, my dad forgot his age and jumped over a fence while he was transplanting a tree, and he ended up spraining his ankle. But I think he enjoyed mom nursing him back to health. And it was a great excuse to stay home from work.
(the picture is Christmas '09 when we made a quilt for their anniversary.)
My point is, how many couples do you know have been married for twenty-five years and still act like newlyweds in front of their kids? And it's not just on their birthdays, on Christmas, on valentines day. They're like that all the time.
Which is why I went to college.
Ok maybe not the only reason. (totally kidding.)
My parents go out of their way to do things for each other: mom will make dad's favorite meal when she knows he's had a hard day. Sometimes dad lets mom just get out of the house and he has us clean it so she can come back home and relax. They eat lunch together sometimes, they do things for each other just to make the other smile. For years, we've had a tradition in our family: if you're going to give someone a card, give them a funny one. Mom and dad have a contest every year to see who can out-give each other with the funniest card.
But on valentines day, it changes to the sweetest, sappiest, most ridiculously affectionate card possible. What better card to create than one with a cute picture of the two of them on the front? Or one of them on their honeymoon? I can see it now: "Honey, you haven't changed one bit. XOXOXOXOXO"
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