I’ve been having the most wonderful time hanging out with my parents lately. My mom is here for a couple months b/c my sister is having a baby and mom’s here to help. Dad had a couple weeks off work between assignments and I was able to hang out with just Mom and Dad a couple times. We had a great time – the best since lots of strange-ness went down a couple years ago.
I did some really stupid stuff and treated them really badly some time ago. I basically cut them off through my actions and did serious damage to our relationship. I broke their trust and just basically behaved in a hard-headed, stubborn, disrespectful manner for something like three years straight. Yes, argueably, this is a normal part of the maturing process and as a young person grows into adulthood there is a natural shift in the relationship with their parents. I pretty significantly pushed the usual limits on this and have been regretting it for a long, long time.
Thankfully, though, love is an amazing healer.
We laughed and carried on, and though it wasn’t like old times, I wouldn’t expect it to be. It’s not old times; it’s right now.
And right now my parents and I are in a good place.