Recently I have been spending some time at night watching old episodes of “ The Wonder Years”. I marvel at how well the production, acting, and especially the writing of this show was executed. This show really captured the beauty of an American family and all the ups and downs of childhood and growing up. And they REALLY captured the ups and downs of the love and respect issues that we all struggle with during not only adolescence , but also throughout our entire lives.
In the last several weeks, I have spent a lot of time thinking about my family and how important their support has been to me. Watching this show reminds me of all the GRIEF I put them through as a teenager… and how sometimes I really didn’t appreciate just how lucky I was to have two parents together who loved me so much, and who support and love me still.
My mother recovered from Stage 2 Breast Cancer in October of last year. I had surgery just about 5 weeks ago that was a little scary, but thankfully, I came out with a clean bill of health. Then, just about 3 weeks ago, my Daddy was admitted to the hospital for severe staph infections in both of his knee replacements (which were originally replaced when I was a child). He has had a really rough go of it, but he will finally be going home tomorrow for a few weeks.
All of these circumstances, have made me reevaluate my own life, and decisions about my future. They have also made me realize how even on the worst days, I am still so lucky to have two people who even in all the hard times they are going through, still love and support me no matter what.
And the fact that they stood by me through the ever blessed “HIGH SCHOOL YEARS” pretty much is beyond my ability to comprehend!
So THANK YOU momma and daddy for being so WONDERFUL!
Here is a clip of one of my favorite episodes of “The Wonder Years” – I dare you to try to watch this without crying.
And here is a song that I performed for my mom - “I Am A Woman” - at The Chords For A Cure Benefit in my hometown the week of her final cancer treatment.