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FOR MY PARENTS What They Taught Me About Love, Resilience, and Support
s we celebrate the start of another new year, I can’t help but think of the two people who pushed me and supported me so I could get where I am today: my parents. I had a unique childhood, as both my sister and one of my brothers are deaf. My hearing brother and I knew we were expected to do well in school because we had no physical limitations like our siblings. As I raise my own children and they begin their young adult lives, I’m realizing just how much my parents sacrificed for us so we could have better lives. In fact, my sister’s deafness doesn’t slow her down! She’s very independent, owns a house, and maintains a job she enjoys. I have no doubt that my parents are a big part of this, even as they were presented with the challenges of raising two children with hearing disorders with limited resources. Today, of us four kids, I live the closest to my parents. I feel fortunate to watch them transform from middle-aged parents to active, happy older adults. I appreciate the fact that they have a life outside of their home. They don’t stay inside and just watch TV. They’re active in their church group and probably go out at least four times each week! They don’t let their age stop them from enjoying life, and they have a very social circle of friends. "I’ve even been able to watch my parents’ relationship blossom in their golden years. They are affectionate with one another and often hold hands."
I’ve even been able to watch my parents’ relationship blossom in their golden years. They are affectionate with one another and often hold hands. I like seeing them take care of each other. My dad has always adored my mom and said so openly, so it's nice to see my mom, a recovering workaholic, slow down and appreciate him as well. They've become what I want my kids to see in a loving marriage, and I'd love to have that for myself someday. It’s been beautiful to see them grow this way and even to hear my mom brag about how much my dad does for her. My parents are my biggest fans, and as I write this, I’m tearing up. I know I take them for granted, despite how many times they have rescued and been there for me. They've worked hard their entire lives for their kids. I consider myself lucky to still have them in my life. I wish I had more time to spend with them, but I am grateful for the time I have been given.
Thank you, Mom and Dad.
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