I Must Confess…I Love My Parents

I really do.


And I love my parents-in-law too. Yes, really. Even after living with them for nearly a year while we saved for a house. Even after surviving a road-trip to Melbourne, complete with diarrhoea, three sick kids and rain.

We have a great relationship and I honestly don’t know what I’d do without them. Sickening, I know, but so very true. David and Vicki, thank you for everything – we do try to let you know how much we appreciate your support but it never feels enough.

So thank you – we love you and are so grateful to have you in our lives x

Now, back to MY parents.

It’s funny how you take things for granted. I’ve always loved my parents and they’ve always been there for me. We’ve never clashed. We’ve never really fought. We give each other space. We’re not extra close but we talk every week. It’s comfortable.

Sure, there have been times over the years they have infuriated me and embarrassed me. And there have probably been even more times when I have made them feel the same towards me!

But I can’t imagine life without them. They live two hours away and we don’t see as much of each other as we’d like but when we do get to see each other, it is just like it always is.

It’s comfortable. It’s like home. Like the warmth and familiarity of your favourite blanket. Just as it should be, I guess.

I’ve been thinking a lot more about them lately. Since Dad’s health scare late last year, he has not been the same. He tires easily and I am worried. He turns 75 in November and after years of living in denial, I guess I have to face the fact that my parents are ageing and won’t be around forever.

It really is a sobering thought.

I may not see them all the time but I love them and miss them. I might have my own life now and have kids of my own but I still need my own parents to be here for me. I can’t imagine living without that warm, comforting blanket of love and care.

I’m really not ready to walk into the cold just yet.

So if you have the opportunity this week, go on and hug your parents. Make it matter. Show your love and appreciation for all they have done for you. Even if you are not on the best of terms right now.

You won’t regret it.

I love you mum and dad x

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24 Responses

  1. Tegan says:

    It’s great that you have so much love for your parents and in-laws. I’ve only met Paul’s father once and he’s a lovely man. I couldn’t get over how much a like they looked too. It was like looking into a Crystal ball!
    I get on reasonably well with my parents. They offer a lot of support with Dyllan but at times they are infuriating. I’m fresh out of spending a week and a half with them so I thought it best to go off topic this week lol.
    Tegan recently posted..Addicted to the Numbers

    • Kirsty says:

      Hahaha 🙂 There have been times over the years that I would have felt the same but it’s all good now. Sometimes distance can be a good thing 😉

  2. I adore my parents although they can sometimes be a little frustrating and I’m so lucky to have a good relationship with my in laws considering many don’t!
    Eva @ The Multitasking Mummy recently posted..Backyard Chickens: What you need to know

    • Kirsty says:

      Exactly – more often than not I hear my friends complain about their in-laws. I feel blessed to have relatives that I do genuinely love and admire.

  3. Dad died when I was 10 so I don’t really know what its like to have a relationship with my father, but I’m enjoying watching Hayley and Trent create theirs. My mum and I have had a strained relationship, but I guess we’re close enough. We only do things or talk when I initiate it though. Trent’s mum pulled out of coming to Hayley’s first birthday party really close to the date so shes not our most favourite person right now.
    Toni @ Finding Myself Young recently posted..The baby daze (plus a Love to Dream giveaway)

    • Kirsty says:

      Oh no – family can be challenging at times. I bet watching the relationship grow between your husband and daughter is very sweet indeed x

  4. My relationships with my parents was difficult due to many factors – their divorce, my mum’s severe mental health issues (she refused to come to my wedding, and never met my children), feeling abandoned by my dad. My mum has since passed away, and over the years I have rebuilt my relationship with my Dad and stepmum so I’m thankful to have them in my life! The hubster’s parents are good folk, but like your parents they live 2 hours away so we don’t see much of them (which might be a blessing in disguise, LOL).
    Janet @ Middle Aged Mama recently posted..It’s Moments Like These …

  5. You know what, I don’t feel like you. I feel the opposite to you in fact. One day, it would just be so nice to have this angst and annoyance out of my life. Now I know this isn’t a nice thought, and I am working on my part in our relationship, yet after thirty years, I suspect my parents have me pegged. It doesn’t seem to matter what I do, this relationship we have is our reality. You can go hug your parents. I am glad, I don’t have to.
    Sarah from Creating Contentment recently posted..Stop the Heart Foundation from giving poor advice

    • Kirsty says:

      The reality is that we cannot choose our family. I’m genuinely sorry that you don’t have a good relationship with your parents Sarah but, as you say, you deal with the reality that you have.

  6. Ness says:

    I’m the same as you Kirsty. I really love my parents and am finding it hard to realise that they’re aging and won’t be around forever. I’m so lucky to have had them here for this long, yet I still don’t want to say good bye. Sigh. Beautiful post. I will definitely be hugging my parents. xo
    Ness recently posted..In Praise Of My Parents And Parents-In-Law

  7. I wish I had support but never did. I don’t have a mother, in-laws have died, I have a dad who I adore, the catch is we live in different countries. Long story short. In a nutshell appreciate them as the majority of the time they think they are doing the right thing. Unless of course they are truly horrid then continue to ignore them, also consider the impact/consequences on the little ones, think my mouth just ran away without me xxx
    Rae Hilhorst recently posted..Those Waiting to Die

  8. I will be linking up, as soon as I find an internet cafe with free wifi, or my home internet is restored. It’s just too hard to blog via the mobile phone. Not sure I will be on prompt this week. I do have a draft post on my in-laws but it’s not fit for publication and that saying ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say’ comes into play here.
    Raych aka Mystery Case recently posted..Mystery Case Style Challenge | The Perfect LBD 52 Ways | Red Carpet

  9. Zita says:

    You are so fortunate to gave parents and in-laws like that in your life. I confessed off topic because I couldn’t open that can of worms. I love my parents dearly but they really have no clue and our relationship is difficult to explain. As I went to boarding school when I was 12 I often joke I was raised by my housemothers and dolly doctor! Lol…
    Zita recently posted..for a holiday….almost

  10. ann says:

    Aww love this!!
    Both sides of the family are driving me nuts lately for different reasons. The old saying ÿou can choose your friends”springs to mind!!
    ann recently posted..LBD Challenge- Red Carpet and a Happy Birthday

  11. We live about the same distance away from mine as you do and I wish we could see them more but they seem to be very retirees!! My in-laws are in NZ, not really the end of the world! x

  12. Paula J says:

    I just figured out that your back from your little break!
    This was a lovely post to read 🙂
    Thanks for hosting!
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