Today we’re not going to talk about Suzuki Institute, wonderful teachers, VERY LOUD drum classes or beautiful picnic lunches and practice sessions outside by the duck pond.
Today we are going to talk about marriage and parenthood.
Today is my parents’ 47th wedding anniversary. As far back into childhood as I can remember, and every day of my adult life, I have been absolutely confident of my parents’ love for each other. I am almost as certain that my dad still has quite a crush on my mom 🙂
I’ve never asked them what their secrets of a long happy marriage are. I assume they have things to do with laughing lots, even at each other occasionally 🙂 … with doing little things, every single day, just because they make the other person happy… with having children and grandchildren…. with sharing their Catholic faith…
I suspect, though, that they would not include on that list having to help thier oldest daughter so much recently … no doubt my cancer and its consequences and complications have added stress to their marriage and parenthood, just as they have to mine. It’s not easy for my parents, who both work and have many community responsibilities, to take time out from their jobs to drive many hundreds of miles to help me at my children’s Suzuki Instiute.
Or maybe it is… Perhaps it’s 47 years of putting family needs first that’s the secret. And then the second secret is meeting those needs together.
Nana and Papa… Mom and Dad… Midge and Pat… we all love you, we are so grateful that you’ve come with us again to Suzuki, and congratulations on 47 years. You are our role models in many ways.