I remember going to the soccer fields as a little girl or being at dance competitions, people would ask if mom and dad were our grandparents and would comment on what cute grandkids we were. They usually would laugh it off and say "no those are our children, we are mom and dad." Sometimes I think I felt embarrassed when people made those comments, but as I reached my adult years, I started to realize just how thankful I was to grow up with older parents.
My mom was born in 1950, my dad in 1946, and my mom was 42 when she had me. Aside from my parents looking slightly older than my friend's parents, I think I first realized my parents were older when I started to prefer The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and Soda Fountain Favorites over Nelly, Jojo, or The Backstreet Boys. Every family vacation consisted of music from the 50's through the 70's and a little bit of Jimmy Buffett too. My first concert was Jimmy Buffett when I was 12. Yep, I became a parrot head at a very early age. So today, you could say I have a very eclectic taste in music.
Our family vacations were often spent in museums or doing something educational if we weren't at Disney World or in South Carolina for dance competitions. We visited Williamsburg, Virginia and I distinctly remember this trip because we took an RV all the way through the mountains and stayed in it for a week. I remember thinking it was so boring to be visiting museums, but I am so glad we had these experiences because now I really enjoy history.
You might think that because my parents are older, they might be more set in their ways and less likely to be open to different opinions. But, that's the opposite with my parents. I really can't recall a time when I felt like an opinion was being forced on me or a time when I felt that I had to make a decision based on what my parents would do. They have always encouraged us to think for ourselves and to be independent.
When my parents had my brother and me, they were just so thankful to have children. They never missed a sporting event, an awards ceremony, an A on a test. Every little moment was celebrated, everything we did was the greatest event in the world. Now, I am not saying every parent isn't like that, but just like parents feel like their kids are the best, I feel like my mom and dad are the best.
I am so grateful I grew up in a family where I could feel how much I was loved and supported every day. I am sure there were times when they wanted to give up on us and there were times (many times) when I challenged both my mom and dad. At the end of the day, I am so thankful that God gave me the parents I have.
Have a great week.
Meet mom, dad, and my brother, Brad. Photo by Maria McKenzie Photography.