For My Parents, Thank You

Thank you to my wonderful parents, for my beautiful wedding day!
Thank you for everything you do for me, every single day!
When I was sick, you did everything to make me better:
chicken soup with my medication, and a nice big comfy sweater.
When I was sad, you did everything to make me smile:
favorite movies with some popcorn,
laying on the couch for awhile.
When I was curious, you would show me, we would explore:
Anne Frank's hideout, Big Ben and the Louvre! Who could want more?
You taught me about my heritage, that's really swell,
civil war reenactments, plantation trips, seen the liberty bell.
You taught me about your heritage, I can never be dull.
I speak English, et Français, y Español.
I've learned to be compassionate and caring, just like you.
I still donate clothes every year, and give those in need of food.
I was always top of the class, you are both great teachers;
a principal and a professor, I didn't stand a chance with either.
I've grown into the person, the young woman, that I am today,
with your wisdom and intellect leading the way.
Forty years you've been together, that is amazing, that is love.
We will follow your example, ending all disagreements with hugs.
Never giving up, always working as a team.
Relationships aren't always as easy as they seem.
Yet you have stuck it through and always given me the best.
Now our marriages are equal, thank you Supreme Court of the US!

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When the Supreme Court of the United States made their ruling on legalizing same sex marriage throughout the country, I was so overwhelmed with joy, I penned this piece almost immediately. It's more than a piece of paper. As a child my parents taught me that if one of them was ever to get really sick, the other would not be allowed in the hospital room because our family didn't have the same rights as others! That has always bothered me. I'm happy that my parents' forty-year relationship, four-year marriage, is now granted the respect it deserves.