Let me get this out of the way right now while I still remember that I got it right for once. This is their 43rd anniversary. I think every year I mess that up somehow. Probably because I try to equate it with my age and always want to say it's the same. Maybe if I were smart enough to take my age plus one I would never get it wrong again. But you all know how my memory is.
The first thing I thought about it when I first heard about this whole Mayan calender end of the year 12/21/12 was how close that date was to my parents' anniversary. I guess it could have been worse. It could have been on their actual anniversary. But I was thinking if by some fluke the Mayans were right then at least they would have let Mom and Dad celebrate their 43rd anniversary before everything comes to an end. That would be the perfect way to wrap up everything.
I have to be honest and admit that I really don't know what to say about my folks that I haven't already said time and time again out here. Between here and The Book, I've reiterated non-stop how great both of them are. Both individually and collectively. I really still couldn't say it enough though. That's why another bad thing about moving so far away to Texas is I'm even further from being able to more conveniently visit them.
Even though they are so far away, I am still thankful every day that Mom and Dad are still in my life. I have some friends who are the same age as me who have already had one parent pass away. In some cases, both. I can't even imagine what that would be like to be without either one of them. And it doesn't matter how far away they are because they're always easily accessible in some format. I continue to be grateful for that every single day. Just looking at their picture and keeping that in mind makes me smile.
I am constantly seeing people mention how great their mom and/or dad is. I jokingly mentioned on The Book that if that really is the case then apparently they must have patterned themselves after Mom and Dad. I said it to be my normal sarcastic self, but it's also true. The two of them still look years younger than they actually are yet have more knowledge between the two of them than I can ever hope to attain. Don't hate...my Mom and Dad simply rock.