When I was young I used to curl up with my mom, finding comfort in her soft lap, mommy perfume, and gentle strokes through my hair from her long finger nails. We would whisper and giggle while I pressed her heart shaped necklace into her skin, making a perfect heart shaped indent.
As I grew up I often found myself thinking back to my mom’s lap, her mommy perfume, and her heart shaped necklace.
She was and is my comfort.
The foundation that she and my father created for me was something I always wanted in the future. Something I had no doubt I would find.
Their unconditional love, through turbulence and triumph, through spilled milk and college tuition, through potty training and empty nests showed me what I wanted one day in a marriage.
Holding hands when they wanted to slap them.
Smiling when they wanted to cry.
My parents showed me that marriage was not easy but it was worth it.
There wasn’t a prince but there was a soul mate who will challenge you, meet you in the middle, take you on adventures, make you want to be a better person, and change your world.
He will “get” you.
And one day on your birthday, without knowing the story of your childhood, he will bring you a gift that will melt you heart.