February 19, 2011

Family Ties

I'm not in town. I am running for a State office for an organization I'm in and so I've been campaigning the last few weeks. (I'm running opposed. I could lose, but hey, that's life.) It's actually a bit of a time sponge, but I am meeting some of the NICEST women. I've been having a blast.

One of the meetings I was offered to attend was here in Pensacola. I took this as an opportunity to go to my Mom's chapters meeting, 'press the flesh' up here as my husband says, and to just hang with my folks.

I literally flew in Friday morning and fly out at O'dark thirty tomorrow (Sunday) morning. I didn't tell any of my friends I was coming in town, not to be cold, but because for the first time in 16 years, I had my folks... to myself.

I didn't have to share them with my siblings, with my children, with anyone else.

They were mine.

Every damn minute I have soaked in. We've gone to lunch and dinner, my Mom and I went shopping, my Dad and I had date night tonight (Mom had previous plans), we've laughed, we've talked and I am... so content.

My folks have an easiness about them, having been married now for 48 years. They are completely separate people with completely separate interests, yet they are best friends and love each others company. They are separate, but one.

It is to be inspired.

One should be so lucky to be married to their best friend.

This has been truly one of the best weekends I can remember. It is not that I don't love my own family. I love them dearly.

But this weekend is something I will forever treasure in my memories.

I walk amongst the blessed...

Posted by Boudicca at February 19, 2011 11:04 PM

Good luck with the election!

And... you made me cry again. Truly good people draw others to them naturally, but I'm glad you got this time alone with your folks.

Now pass me a dang tissue.

Posted by: pam at February 20, 2011 07:37 AM

Ditto to what Pam said....

Posted by: jck at February 20, 2011 10:38 AM

Good luck!

Posted by: patti at February 20, 2011 12:54 PM

How beautiful! And it's been a gorgeous weekend here for you to spend some 'you' time.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at February 20, 2011 03:05 PM

I love it! So glad you got some time with your folks like that. Your description of their relationship - is fantastic. This is something many young people looking for a relationship don't really understand... you don't have to have all the same interests and do all the same things. (all I can think is how boring it would be to do all the same things and like all the same things - LOL).

Best of luck on the election!

Posted by: Teresa at February 21, 2011 01:26 PM

Some day I would like to meet your parents. I've heard so much about them it's like I already know them.

Posted by: Denny at February 26, 2011 01:41 PM