|My family circa 2002|
First let me say this. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a picture of just the three of us? That oldest kid you had, you know the one before me, the accident prone one...yeah Johnny...he's. in. EVERYTHING! Just saying. But of course you both being oldest children, I'm going to assume you're not that sympathic to my plight.
I've waxed poetic about you both more times than I can remember in my blogs. But I don't think I've ever spoken about you much together which is odd considering you've spent over 30 years together and 27 of which was spent trying to parent me. Which honestly, if I could, I would give you a purple heart for. I'm not an easy kid to parents. If I may quote you both, "If we had had you first, we wouldn't have had more kids." I think it speaks volumes about you both that neither of you killed me with your bare hands. Especially considering the sheer number of times one or both of you have had to explain me and/or my shenanigans to some sort of authority figure. And there has been a lot of explaining.
Life hasn't always been easy for us as a family but we made it work. I like to think we lived by two principles, "this too shall pass" and "It could be worse" (one of those is my next tattoo...you've been warned.) And I attribute the fact that I turned out so well because of both of your constant reminders of those two things. The way I experience life is shaped by those two sayings and I will forever be thankful for that. It prevents me from focusing on the negative. What it does is that it allows me to acknowledge the negative but not focus on it. Thank you for instilling that amazing ability.
I'm sorry it's taken me so long to write this. I guess part of me always assumed this stuff was just implied but I also know that just because you THINK someone ones something doesn't necessarily make it true.