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On Golden Days

18,235 days. Give or take. Stupid leap years.

Without a doubt, more than a handful of those days were turds marred by arguments not worthy of remembering. Today though, today is a no doubt, 24 carat solid gold day.


I cannot stress enough how all that I am, that I was allowed to become who I am, and all that I want to be for my own children is wrapped up inside and around today, this very, very golden day.

50 years ago on this date, February 23, a man and a woman got married and those two people, my parents, are still together, still in love, still hilarious, still loving, and still amazing in almost every possible way a pair of human beings can be amazing.

Not to turn this beautiful day into a cheap greeting card that is more narcissistic than outwardly loving, but I have many things to be thankful for in my simple, but no less charmed life. That I have still-in-love, hilarious, loving, and amazing parents ranks #1 by a mile. In a utopian world, every child would be so lucky as to have been raised the way I was; loved but not coddled, spoiled but never to the point where I became spoiled rotten, set up for success but allowed to fail, protected but allowed to try crazy shit, grounded in reality but never at the expense of a wild dream, and held close but permitted to push away when necessary without ever feeling resented for doing so.

They were and are brilliant parents. And it all started on this date 50 years ago.

I love you mom. I love you dad. Happy golden anniversary. Thank you for falling in love and, eventually, for having me, raising me the right way, and showing me what it means to love.

*This day is about you, but this is my blog, so there. I framed your 50th wedding anniversary around me, because that’s what I do. 🙂

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