Its funny how as you get older, that you start to realise that maybe, just maybe, your parents are actually alright, and not those freaks, who did not understand you and just wanted to ruin your life :-)
When I started this blog, I introduced you to parts of my family.
You’ve met the Lacys and the Joynts, now it’s time to meet the parents.
What can I say about the two most important people in our lives?
I have now started this paragraph about ten times, and can’t seem to get this right! It’s so difficult to put how we feel into words. So lets start at the beginning...
Growing up in the 70’s and the 80’s in South Africa, right in the middle of apartheid, you would of thought that my sister and my childhood would be filled with images or memories of very bad things. But it wasn’t, not at all in fact. We were completely sheltered from what was actually going on. I know most people would say that maybe that was a bad thing, not to me. We were young, very young. My parents gave us a childhood that any other child would have had in a normal society. Yes, we were completely naive and I remember the day clearly, when I realised, hang-on, something is not right here. My parents protected us against what was going on, and I am forever grateful for that.
My Dad taught us to travel your own country before you see the world, to work hard for what you want, that education is more important than anything. My Mom gave up her job to stay at home with us. She was there every day after school, waiting for us, I wish one day that I can do the same for my children. They taught me to have manners, to respect my elders. They gave us holidays that we will never forget. They have shown me what a marriage is all about, the ups and downs, and how you can always come out stronger together. They gave me a faith that I am only now starting to appreciate and live. We have laughed together and cried together. That a family stands together, no matter what. They have made me the person I am today.
Do they drive me crazy? Yes
Do I drive them crazy? Yes
Do they worry far too much? Yes, and Mom that’s you!
Do they think they are always right? Yes
Are they always right? Yes
Do they love me? Yes
Do they make me proud? Yes
Do I make them proud? I hope so
I can never thank them enough. I can only hope that I give my children the exact same life and values I have been so honoured and privileged to have been given.
Mom and Dad.
I love you.
5 days ago