Hi, I uh-can you just talk about how great your mom and dad are? Thanks.
Me ma and me pa? Yeah sure.
It was love at first sight for dad. He and mom had a college friend in common who introduced them. Dad first made sure to ask whether mom was seeing anyone. He wooed her with her favorites: flowers. It doesn’t sound complicated, but back in communist Romania it wasn’t easy to obtain gorgeous flower bouquets. Dad knew a gypsy florist who had his “stash” for every date. Basically dad was super romantic and thoughtful.
Fast-forward years later after they got married, mom and dad spent seven years having fun as a wedded couple. See if they work out. My mom didn’t want kids but she loved my dad so much that she wanted to give him a daughter. My dad never tried to persuade her. And a daughter was a must in events of a kid. He didn’t want a son. A huge no. Luckily, they got their daughter.
Now my parents have always been best friends. They’re cheeky and flirty with each other even 30+ years of marriage later. Dad’s always been active for the family. Even as newlyweds he always helped mom clean and cook. My dad’s a rare non-misogynist 50′s man. He puts his wife & daughter first and is present fully in our lives. He’s not the “uuugh I gotta actually parent??” type of man. I could always count on him growing up and I was “daddy’s girl” (in the true, pure meaning of that saying). Mom made sure I had a “girl power” mentality growing up. It helped a lot because I took no bullshit. I remember my friend telling me about her gross boyfriend lovingly and I was like “??? whaa???”.
They had their fights, sure. Money can bring trouble in paradise. We’re all still together though and my parents are happy every day. They help each other, love each other, respect each other, as they have from day one of their relationship. They’re role models for me and I’m glad these days I have the financial power to help them out with the mountain-side house they’ll spend their old age in. They deserve picturesque peace and quiet.