My Parents' Anniversary

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When I was younger, I would often become frustrated when my parents tried to involve themselves in my "love" life. It wasn't fair for them to try to control my "relationships" when they barely had any experience of their own. There was no way they possibly understood the difficulties of trying to find a good guy in such a large high school. After all, they graduated with less than 30 people and have been together since they were 15. So when they offered advice I often shrugged it away and attributed it to their lack of relationship knowledge. 

I was so wrong in thinking that their relationship was easier than my single life. I cannot imagine how difficult it is to maintain a relationship for so long, nor can I estimate how much happiness it creates. I will never understand the stresses of being in a relationship at a young age, and I will never know what it's like to have a child and a wedding before you are old enough to drink. My parents have a unique relationship that not many people can relate to. I look up to them for their love for each other and for my sisters and I.

I can only hope that one day I am lucky enough to know how it feels to wake up next to the same man every day, that I can look back on memories with a bittersweet nostalgia. I can only hope that I can follow the advice of my dad by marrying my best friend as well as the advice of my mom to let someone love me for me. I used to look on this advice as just wishful thinking until I realized that this knowledge requires experience. I realized that they weren't just telling me what I thought I wanted to hear, they were giving me honest advice.

My parents' anniversary is on Sunday, and I wish I could be there to celebrate with them. Since I can't be, I'll simply say happy anniversary to my parents, and thank you for all that you have taught me.

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