November 19, 2009
Every year on November 19 I call my mom to wish her a Happy Anniversary. And she always is so surprised I remember, since my Dad passed away in 2001.
Ask people who know me well, I am NOT the kind of guy who remembers things like birthdays, anniversaries, etc. But for some reason November 19 is etched into my consciousness, much more so than, for example, the date of my Dad’s birthday or death. Part of it, I think, is that my parents had such an incredible love affair that their anniversary was always a source of great happiness and celebration for all of us. And the older I’ve gotten the more I’ve appreciated this.
One of the best gifts parents can give their kids is the model of a wonderful marriage that remains a love affair even after all the struggles and tensions that any marriage endures over the decades.
So here’s to ya, Mom and Dad!