Recognition of Mother’s Day in May and Father’s Day in June is important to acknowledge the individual role each plays in lives of children. We should recognize and celebrate the joint effort of both parents. Senator Trent Lott introduced Congressional Resolution (36 U.S.C. § 135); National Parents’ Day. The law, signed in 1994, states the recognition of the “…uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.”
As children we didn’t think twice about the things our parents (or caregivers) did on an everyday basis that showed their love. And that’s fine—you were busy being a kid! Plus, while most parents do all they can to help their kids grow into happy adults, from preparing healthy breakfasts before school to being a personal chauffeur for extracurricular activities, they do it out of love, not a desire to be thanked. That’s why it can mean so much if, as an adult, you make sure they know how much you appreciate them. Not only can expressions of gratitude strengthen your relationship with your family, but they can also promote optimism in your own life.
(5 Simple Ways to Show Your Parents Appreciation, 2016)
Since National Parents’ Day is Sunday June 26 and with collaboration from my sister, we would like to thank our parents for their “work”. There is no time like the present to let our parents know we care.
Dear Dad and Mom,
We feel proud to have you as our parents and want to let you know we are grateful for your care. You put us on the path for a great life. Your effort and guidance kept us on the “straight and narrow”; an honest and moral life. The values you instill in us continues to guide our growth and development. Your commitment and support are invaluable.
We knew we could always count on you and will always be grateful for being our parents. At times we thought you were “on our back” for no reason but we now realize that you were “watching our back.” We understand your goal was for us to grow up to be the best we could be, and we now thank you for your diligence.
It is nice to know that we are, at times, the reason behind your smile…especially when you tell each of us privately that we are the best daughter!! HAHA!! If we could choose our parents again, we would choose you.
Several years ago, we gave each of our parents a memory book. This memory book was a simple list of our memories as a family. This weekend my sister and I selected some of our favorite memories.
Memories of Dad and Mom
- TALKS ABOUT FORMING THE “JIM DANDY” PAINT COMPANY
- “RABBIT”…WE STILL WONDER WHY YOU WERE NEVER “IT”.
- “TOE STOMPERS”…WE STILL WONDER WHY YOU WERE NEVER “IT”.
- HAND TENNIS WITH TENNIS BALLS WE FOUND
- HELPING US TO LEARN TO BE FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE PEOPLE
- LETTING US KEEP SLEEPY WHEN SHE WALKED UP OUR DRIVEWAY ONE RAINY DAY
- THE APPLE FESTIVAL
- REMEMBERING OUR FAVORITE MEALS WHEN WE VISIT
- COMING TO OUR RESCUE WHEN WE QUIT OUR CORN DETASSLING JOB (REALLY, THE CORN WAS TOO TALL)
- WRITING SENTENCES – WE STILL HAVE WRITER’S CRAMP BUT AS USUAL EVERYTHING WAS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE.
- GOING TO THE ANIMAL SHELTER TO GET CHIPPIE
- HOMEMADE SOUP
- FREE GROCERIES ON SUNDAY
- COUNTRY SHOWS
- KEEPING INDIVIDUAL FOLDERS FOR EACH OF US WITH ARTICLES SPECIFICALLY RELATED TO OUR INTERESTS
- DRIVING BY THE GRADE SCHOOL TO SEE IF WE HAD OUR COATS ON
- HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION TRIP TO CALIFORNIA
- WAVING GOODBYE TO FROM MCLEAN COUNTY BANK WINDOW
- WE DUST…YOU CHECK…WE DUST
- IRONING OUR WORKOUT T-SHIRTS THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL
- TAKING CARE OF GRANNY
- NEVER (WELL ALMOST NEVER) ASKING TOO MANY PERSONAL QUESTIONS
- SENDING LITTLE NOTES OF SUPPORT ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS
- ALWAYS KNOWING THAT IF WE NEED ANYTHING, WE CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON YOU
Blooms to Blossoms
Wrapping Up & Looking Forward
My sister and I hope we inspire you
to write a thank-you note to your parents.