Dear Mom and Dad,
With National Grandparent's Day being just a couple days away, I thought that it would be an appropriate time to tell you thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for me on a regular basis in regards to raising my children. I don't know how well you understand that I would not have made it through the last twenty-five (25) years without you. So, here it goes, thank you from the bottom of my heart, and the tip of my soul! I love you both so very much. So much that words really cannot adequately express the love I have for the both of you!
I am sure you remember all the things you have done for me and the kids over the years, but I want you to understand that I remember everything you have done also, even though I haven't mentioned them in the past.
There were so many times when you jumped in at the last moment to babysit when we were unable to get a babysitter. I can't recount a single time when you turned us down. Mom, I distinctly recall the time when you saved me from Andrew. This was a time when I desperately needed you, because if you hadn't have been there for me, my life and the kid's lives might be very different today. I don't know if you remember, but Andrew had colic, and from the day he was born, until he was nine months old, he did nothing but cry. I was a young mother, only 21 years old, and I already had Steven, who at the time was only eighteen months old. Andrew wouldn't stop crying and I was going crazy. I called you, and within just a couple minutes you were there to rescue me. I read about all the cases where young mothers didn't have the support they needed, and they have ended up doing drastic things when they become overwhelmed, I thank you for me not being one of them.
I hate to be sombering, but it's part of our story of support. When Rich died in 1993, leaving me with Steven and Andrew when they were just five and six years old, you were there for me every step of the way. Then again after I remarried and had Shawn and Diane, and Kevin died in 1996, you were there to support me in everything. You both stepped in to help, not only with babysitting, but in every aspect of their lives. You provided for them what I was unable to, and you taught them things that I didn't know how to. The kids are grown now, and I am a grandmother myself. I just hope that I can be even a fraction of the support to my kids with their kids as you were to me. Thank you!