Day 01 - Introduce Yourself
Day 02 - Your first love
Day 03 - Your parents
Well, anyone who knows me knows I've been looking forward to writing this one. ;)
My parents met while they were both stationed up in Thurso, Scotland during their stints in the Navy. Thurso wasn't the biggest of stations, or towns, but while they vaguely knew each other it wasn't until some party in January of 1980 that they got together.
It seems that my poor dad had caught the attention of one of the, a-hem, more notorious women at the party and, wanting nothing to do with her since he knew exactly
where she'd been, proceeded to do what any strong minded person would do. He ran. As he fled, he spotted my mom, who had come without a date, and made a beeline for her; throwing his arm over her shoulder, he told her to play along like they had come together and, my mom, amused, followed suit.
My dad likes to say that once he put his arm around her shoulders, he didn't want to let go. I know, right?
Their courtship was a fast
one. Dating to engaged to married within three or four weeks, depending on who you ask now though I think they've retconned it to three, they have been married now for over 31 years. And they got married on Groundhogs Day - how awesome is that?
You sometimes look at them and wonder - how the hell has my mom not killed my dad yet? I guess that whole being stupidly in love even after 31 years probably helps a lot.
My dad's a great guy, one of the best men that I've ever known. Sadly, I've inherited his gift of gab but not
his storytelling ability. He's utterly comfortable around any group of people and has a million plus stories that will make anyone bust out laughing. He's as straightforward as you can get - injustice doesn't sit well with him, especially if it's aimed at his people at work, and he has no qualms in telling someone in no specific terms what's wrong and what should happen now. The drawback, of course, is that he thinks he's right - the really awful part is that he USUALLY IS.
His humor runs the gamut from the slightly perverse - though generally not around us, though I've heard some of the stories he'll tell other former military and government folks - to the kind of humor that four year olds think is hilarious. He's stubborn as hell and intelligent enough to back it up, too. I tend to spend more time with my mom but I'm starting to want that to change - not to lessen any time with her but to gain more time with him. I'm far more like him than I ever thought I was and when we aren't butting heads because of it, I see that more and more.
I think the best way to describe my mom is to say that she's awesome and I'm sort of desperate to have her meet other awesome mommies so that their awesome-ness can expand and take over the world (hi Aisy's mom!). She's probably one of the most down to earth people I know - it helps to keep my dad grounded when he's being bizarre - and one of the easiest to talk to. I think a defining moment that would probably tell you what you should know about her is that the Marine's in Switzerland dubbed her their Marine Mom. The entire lot of them. She's a great influence on whatever group she's with, more intelligent than she might give herself credit for and I've never seen her lose her cool in any situation.
She's the kind of mom that let me buy her dinner when she, I and all the roommates and Lauren went out to dinner - but turned around and bought us all frozen yogurt. If anyone needs anything, you know she's there for you.
We spend quite a bit of time with each other, as much as you can when you live an hour + from one another, and it's a relationship where we can either talk or have a comfortable silence. When I, or anyone, talks to my mom, you know you're going to get an honest answer from her about any given situation.
I think one of the reasons my parents work so well together is that they compliment each other. My mom grounds my dad and he makes her laugh. Even when they don't agree on something, they work around it. 31 years is a long time and they could have gotten complacent but they poke and prod at each other and, in the end, they have a stronger marriage for it.
In essence, my folks are amazing.( Days 4 - 30 )