This morning I want to turn our thoughts a different direction for Parenting Tuesday. Instead of writing for parents, this article is for the offspring of parents (or those adopted by their parents). This is for YOU, the reader. Make today Parent Appreciation Day. Take time out of your schedule to: 1) Call your parents; 2) Write your parents a letter (note); 3) Send them a personal email or Facebook message; 0r 4) Talk to them in person. If your parents are no longer living, take a moment to reflect on what they did for you in life.
Here is what I am sending to Brian and Anna McCown (my parents). Dad reads this blog, so he will get it twice.
Mom & Dad,
Thank you so much for the life you gave me and the training (discipline) you provided. Thank you for setting an example for your three boys concerning the importance of faith, education, marriage, and family. Specifically: Thank you for making sure you raised us in a faith based home where we did not just attend church, but were a part of the religious community and Christianity was part of our life at home. Thank you for seeing that we were in school and completed our assignments. Thanks for the help with math, reading, spelling, and Mom, thanks for typing all those papers. Thank you for supporting all three of us through college. I know that all three of us in our own way have said thank you for your example of what a marriage can be and for providing the stability a strong marriage gives to children.
Through the years, I see more and more how your consistency and your correction of my inconsistencies helped shape me into who I am today and to protect me from the dangers of a misspent youth. I pray that Amy and I are to Andrew what you were and are to me. Do you recall that time that I . . . oops! This is a public blog, so I will leave out any details. Let me just say, you were there for me then and always. Thank you.
In Loving Appreciation,
“Son #2” – Scott