A Letter to My Parents

Thirty-eight years ago, at around 5 pm, a doctor proclaimed, “It’s a girl!” then handed over a tiny little baby, your firstborn.

Now that I’m a mom, I know just how amazing that moment is – how powerful it is to experience having created that life. And how it changes you in a very profound way.

I also know how quickly it goes by. How you revel in each moment (even those in which your daughter, during her father’s first attempt at babysitting solo, smears the content of her diaper all over her crib and walls) because you know those moments are fleeting – and that they’ll provide great fodder for laughs once she’s older. I know how it feels to fear each birthday a little bit because your children are becoming more independent – and because they don’t need you quite as much as the year before.

Now that I have children I know how much you worry about who they’ll become. How you hope every day that you’re doing what’s right for them – that you are building them into the best versions of themselves. And how you secretly pray that they have an average, boring life – not because you want them to lack excitement or adventure but because, the older you get, the more you realize that being “normal” is pretty darn good.

And now that I have children, I know what a great job you did. I appreciate the sacrifices. I’m thankful for the lessons. And, while I know you wonder where you went wrong when in some areas (especially when it comes to things like, say, politics) I hope you look at me and feel satisfied and proud. I hope you realize that you gave me a great foundation and that I appreciate your support then, now and always.

Happy 38th Anniversary of your becoming parents. I’m so glad you’re mine.

Meg Beautiful post, Robin.

Happy Birthday to you.

I hope that you have many pockets of peace to dive into this next year.

You’re pretty great!August 31, 2012 – 2:58 am

Anna Shetler Dad and I Love you too. Message sent by Dad from both of us. Love, MomAugust 30, 2012 – 5:53 pm

John Shetler We are proud to be parents of two creative, successful children. We cherish those memories that frequently come to mind, brining both tears and laughter but always leave us with the feeling that we did our best and are glad we followed the path we did. We find ourselves saying often, “If they’re grandparents could only see them now, they’d be so proud!!”. Groovy chickens, disastrous bike rides, substitute hamster, all rolling around in our minds like it was yesterday. Yes, we are very proud to be your parents…although I have to give most of the credit to your mother who always worked harder, stayed longer, argued on your behalf and shed more tears, but never complained. Happy 38th with lots of love!!!! Mom and DadAugust 30, 2012 – 5:51 pm

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