Ever grow up and appreciate all the little things you never noticed as a kid? 🙋🏼♀️ ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
Recently my appreciation for life and all the “little things” has drastically increased (thank goodness) and days like today provide a fantastic opportunity for a reflection on these blessings. As I become closer to that time in my life where I will become a spouse and a parent myself, I can’t help but experience extreme gratitude for the people in my life who took on the role of raising me.
Since I was 5 years old, my parents have been separated, leading my dad to juggle his time spent with me to 2-3 days per week, for the last 20+ years. Since I was 5 years old, I would wait patiently by the living room window until 5PM when my dad would come around the corner, honk his horn twice, and park outside, indicating for me to grab my school bag and come out to the car for my weekly sleepovers. For the 12+ YEARS that my Dad was to pick me up from my moms house every Tuesday and Friday, he never missed a day.
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My Dad always made the effort to ensure that going to “Dad’s house” meant going to MY house. My step-mom and my dad insisted that I had duplicates of ALL my favourite items that remained at their place at all times throughout my childhood, I was never packing and unpacking for my visits. I had 2 sets of Barbie dolls, of toiletry items, of movies, books, CDs and computer games. I never understood why bringing my new things back to my moms house was forbidden, but looking back, I get it, they wanted their home to BE my home, not a vacation or a temporary visit. As I grew up I NEVER had a “part-time” Dad, despite the law governing him 50% custody, I would never have known any different. My Dad was and still is a FULL time (plus overtime), Dad. He coached my soccer team, he volunteered on school trips, he helped with academic projects, he got to know all of my friends, he showed up to EVERY concert, play, game, and event with a smile, a hug, and a video camera. He was always there. He is still ALWAYS there. (Cont in comments)