Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Bittersweet 37th

Today marks 37 years since Mom and Dad said "I Do". Who would've thought how much those two words could mean? I mean, two very simple little words that carry so many tears, joys, laughter, pain, and so many more emotions. So many years Mom spent holding on to those words, praying Daddy would finally grasp them. Then, after he did, so many years they spent holding on those words praying their children would grasp them. Have we? I'd like to think we did, but I doubt it. 2 months have passed since we said goodbye to Momma. Those two short months, 70 days, might as well be 70 years. It feels like it has been so many many years since I've seen Momma. My heart aches so much to see her again, to hug her, to kiss her, to tell her I love her. But this day isn't about me. It's about the day that my parents made a committment to one another, and through LOTS of pain and heartache, they stuck by those two sweet, simple, but so complex words. How many times could Mom have given up on Dad in those early years? Only they can really answer that, and I doubt even they can. What if she had? I wouldn't be here. My boys wouldn't be here. But she didn't. The love my mother had didn't come from the world. Or from friends telling her he wasn't worth it. It came from within. From the strength that only God could give her. And I'm so grateful that she had it. My parents took years of pain and hardship and turned it into the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my 27 years.

Daddy decided to take a trip for their anniversary. He loaded up his rental car on Monday and headed northward to the lighthouses. Mom loved lighthouses. Particularly Cape Hatteras, and always dreamed of visiting them. So this morning, as I sit here typing this, I imagine Daddy, if not sleeping, is probably preparing to visit Cape Hatteras for Mom. I figure she's already there, waiting for him. So enjoy your time alone with her, Daddy. I love you, and I"m thinking of you and Momma today. What you two had was so beautiful, and I pray that PJ and I will have that. I miss you so much Momma. My heart hurts more every day that passes that I don't see you or hear your voice on the other end of the phone. But today is about you and Daddy, and the love that you shared, and still share. I"m so grateful for that truest of loves. Thank you both for sticking with it. Your love was truly something to be admired. I love you Daddy for being so true to Mom after you found the Lord, and for loving us through all of our stupid rebellions. I hold you so close in my heart today and every day. My heart hurts for you.

On July 23, 1971, there were many more than two lives connected. An entire family began, a family that continues to branch out into a beautiful, thriving, growing family tree. The world forever changed that day, and continues to change even more so every day as a result of just one day, and two simple words that hold more meaning than any other words in the universal language of love.

I don't have a picture of Mom and Dad's wedding day on my compter, but here is a sweet one (of poor quality, sorry) of them at my oldest brother's wedding just before their (32nd?) anniversary. Look at the love still shared between them after so many years and heartaches. I dream of having this.


Bridget said...

That was beautiful.

jdscott said...

Hi brooke. I had no idea you'd lost your mother until i checked your blog tonight... i loved her and know that she loved you and your children incredibly. i hope your dad's trip was a good memory for him.

Brooke McIntire said...

Thanks JD. We miss her so much. But wouldn't take her away from what she's experiencing now for anything. She DESERVES Heaven. I know in all reality none of us really deserve it, but if there is one person who does, it's Momma. Daddy did enjoy his trip. I think it was VERY healing for him. Thanks for the comment :) Good to hear from you!

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