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for the better

fifty years ago,
a young man
and woman
got married

forty-ish years ago,
they had a daughter

a decade and a half ago,
i met that daughter;
she loved me, and
i loved her

then, i met her parents.

no other parents
(not my mom,
or my godparents)
had ever loved me
but they said,
“she loves you,
and so do we”

and then
these parents
met my younger sister
and said, “we also love you”

and then
they met my brother
and said, “we love you, too”

so tonight
i smiled at the thought
of Fifty Years,
and hoped
some young woman
or man might
someday write
about me and my husband:

“Fifty years ago,
I met these parents,
and their love–
though peripheral–
changed everything
for me …
for the better”

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  1. Kay
    August 13, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    I love this! That’s the best gift we could leave behind…
    I’m so happy you’ve had that sort of love, multiplied.

  2. August 13, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    What a shining example they set. Love that you took the lesson they didn’t know they were delivering to heart and made it a part of you.

  3. Paul
    August 13, 2016 at 10:25 pm


  4. August 14, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Beautiful and moving. ❤

  5. August 14, 2016 at 1:30 am

    That is beautiful. A beautiful commemoration.

  6. August 14, 2016 at 5:23 am


  7. August 14, 2016 at 5:48 am

    This is so beautiful ❤

  8. August 14, 2016 at 6:27 am

    ❤ Hope they get to read this.

  9. August 15, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Very apt for me. Saturday evening I went to my 50th year class reunion. Wow. The years roll by and much does happen. What was most interesting to me was to see people talking and laughing with people whom they wouldn’t have even looked at fifty years ago.
    I’m glad you found that daughter!

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