You are both major role models in my life. Mom, you taught me how to tie my shoes and you helped me with my math homework in elementary school (no matter how much I cried during it). You taught me the importance of shopping and how to use coupons; which I seriously appreciate now that I’m a poor college kid. Dad, you taught me the importance of value and not to throw away anything that can be fixed. You’ve taught me how to change the oil in my car and check the tire pressure; something I pretend to hate, but I really appreciate you teaching me.
You have both taught me many useful things, but the most important thing that you have taught me is love.
I’m now 19 years old, and I’ve encountered many people with divorced parents. In fact, it’s almost normal for many of my friends to have divorced parents. When I hear about these divorced parents, it reminds me of how blessed I am to have parents like you. Of course you have disagreements, but you know when/where is the right time and place to sort through those disagreements. I’ve had friends tell me that they wish their parents were divorced because of how often they fight, and I wish everyone had parents like you two.
I see kids my age posting “relationship goals” all over social media. These pictures consist of couples driving luxurious cars or giving each other expensive gifts. Yeah, that’s cute, but my real relationship goal is to have a relationship like the two of you have. If I’m even half as happy or dorky as you two are when I get married, I will consider myself very lucky. No matter how often I’m told that love doesn’t exist, I will always believe in it thanks to my parents.
Thank you for showing me what true love is. You’ve taught me to never give up and to always have hope, no matter how many broken relationships I’ve had. You’ve told me countless times that there is someone out there who will fit as perfectly with me as you two do with each other.