I consider my childhood pretty magical ( not just because I was practically raised at Disneyland) because when I remember back, all my memories include my parents; And for me, I associate them with security and unconditional love.
Every good memory I have includes them, and I don’t remember a lot from my childhood. I just remember them being there.
I am well aware that not every child has what I was given – two parents who wanted to be around me ( and still do surprisingly. I have not driven them away yet).
I look back at picture of extravagant birthday parties my mom put on, and I have no memory of them. I see pictures of kids that I knew as a child, and for the life of me I cannot remember a single instance I was in their company ( except for you Betsy Boo and Elizabeth too).
Don’t get me wrong, every action on their part contributed to the bond my parents created with me. Even though I do not remember all the great things they did for me, those moments added up. Creating a foundation of mutual respect and love.
No, that does not mean we always see eye to eye, or that my beliefs are identical to theirs ( but frankly, we are not that far apart).
To this day, if you blindfolded me in a large room and lined the walls with parents, I know I could pick mine out just by their scent.
They are engrained in every comforting memory I have.
They believed in me even when I lacked faith in myself.
They allowed me to fall ( never gracefully, I am not capable of falling gracefully literally or metaphorically ) and pick myself up again.
Indulged my crazy dreams that didn’t always turn out as planned.
They taught me how to fight well,
How to apologize,
And to appreciate the time we have with the people we love.
I was reminded, yet again, this weekend how fragile life is, and how important it is to spend as much time as you can with the people you love.
I am still trying to find my tribe, but what I do know is that any tribe I am a part of will include, what I lovingly refer to as, my bad ass back up army ( you know who you are) which includes my mom and dad.
I need to make some big decisions soon, and I am truly grateful to Lord above to have them as a sounding board and for their wise counsel.
I go before The Wise Counselor and my family to ask for direction and clarity – where do you go?