Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Still the One...

This past weekend my parents celebrated 33 years of marriage! I love my parents more than anything in this world and love their marriage just as much. I am the person I am today because of them and their marriage. I wanted to help celebrate their amazing relationship with several lovely pictures of them. (and their hair and clothes from over the years) :

But in all seriousness to put in to words the way that I feel about my parents...well I just don't know that I could ever come close to doing their marriage justice...to put into words in a way that they deserve, in a way that captures the magic and romance that is their marriage. Of course to say that their entire relationship has been rainbows and bunnies would be a big old fat lie...but that is why I think I am so lucky. The fact that my parents somehow found a balance for their children to learn that marriage is a wonderful thing with amazing rewards...but that it is also a lot of work...that lesson is priceless. And they did it all in a way that we never felt real tension...even if they did. We lead an amazing childhood filled with happy memories and an even more amazing adulthood with parents that love each other and us more than anything in this world and that is the best feeling I could never truly describe! There are many songs that I would say describe this amazing relationship but one sticks out more in my mind because both of my parents seem to light up when they hear it and would say it really describes them at this point in their lives. It is the song "Still the One" by Orleans and some of the lyrics read like this:

You're still the one that makes me laugh

Still the one that's my better half

We're still having fun, and you're still the one.

You're still the one that makes me strong

Still the one I want to take along

We're still having fun, and you're still the one.
I love you both more than these words could ever really describe and I am so happy that two such amazing people found each other and had the opportunity to create the life that you have created...and I am even more blessed that I get to be apart of your magic. Thank you and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

On a date with...myself!

Today I went on a date....with myself. If you haven't done this you should! It is not the first time and I am sure it will not be the last time I take myself on a date. I went to the movies and got myself a latte at the local coffee shop. I know you might be thinking things like:
"How embarrassing" "How sad she doesn't have someone else to take her on a date" "Doesn't she have any friends"

But...I think dates with myself are great. I actually enjoy them. Going to the movies by myself is really nice because I can watch an emotional movie and not worry about if the person next to me is as touched by things in the movie as I am. It doesn't really matter if I start to cry a little because no one is there to laugh or poke fun at me. Of course, funny movies are always better with another person to laugh at with you...but I don't go to those by myself.

Getting a latte by myself and sitting in a booth is also nice. I am not embarrassed to say I love people watching...and I do it well. Sitting down by myself and watching other people go about their day is incredibly inspiring and touching and happy. Every person that walks by has a story...they have faults, they have hopes, they have dreams and issues and loves and hurts. I people watch because it keeps me in check, it makes me realize I am just a small part in this big world. I people watch because it also makes me feel a connection...when I silently watch the world going on around me it makes me realize that even though I might be alone on this date with myself I am never lonely.

When I go on dates with myself, or take a walk by myself, or ride an airplane by myself, or do anything without another person I take comfort in looking around and seeing that everyone else is just trying to make it through the day too. If I am lucky I get to not only observe people, I get to talk to them. I love getting a strangers story...there is always things to be learned by a complete stranger whether it be their spoken words or just their body language. Dates with myself are never lonely because I am never really alone on them...I have complete strangers and their many lessons all around me and that is comforting.