This weeks Monday Listicles was an easy one, 10 things you are proud of. But then I got stuck on just one.
I am proud of my parents. I’ve been more proud of them in my adulthood and as a married woman than I knew to be during my youth.
I was talking to Christopher last night, trying to explain to him how lucky he is that when he gets off the bus in the afternoon, his daddy and I are home for him.
I remember being at daycare and the last to be picked up or having to go home with someone else. I remember the cycle of getting home, taking a bath, eating dinner and having to get ready for bed. Our evenings were short. That takes nothing away from me now; I have only fond memories when I think about my childhood. I am proud of my parent’s work ethic and what they endured in their coming up to do the best for my brother and me.
This photo was taken as I approached my 3rd birthday, as mom approached her 21st birthday, and as daddy approached his 23rd birthday. I grew up with them and they made it.
10 things I am proud of...
#1 I am so proud of my parents.
#2 I am proud of my baby brother, who is all grown up, married, with two dogs and two horses.
#3 I am proud of my husband, who has retired from the USMC and supports us with his photography business.
#4 I am proud of pursuing my dreams, becoming an author and continuing to write.
#5 I am proud of my son. He’s a good kid.
#6 I am proud of my friends who made their way out of a bad marriage and raised good kids.
#7 I am proud of the man my daddy grew up to be.
#8 I am proud of the woman my mom has always been.
#9 I am proud that I am the product of success and not a statistic of failure.
#10 I am proud to beam with pride and shed tears while writing this post.
I flipped this photo over and thought it was my own handwriting but it is my mom’s handwriting:
Dear Mom & Daddy,
Here we are to take our place on the piano (smile)
Rick, Pam & Kenya 11/26/73
Here's the thing...This photo was on my grandparent’s piano until their house was boxed up. They were proud of my parents too.