Eric Porteous

Just For You

For those of you who don't know, I'm 33 years old. Now, since I know you want to throw out all your old-geezer jokes at me, let me beat you to the punch:

'Eric, you so old that when you walk out of a museum, the alarm goes off.'

'Eric, you so old that when God said ‘Ìâ‰âÂÌâèÏlet there be light,' you hit the switch.'

'Eric, you so old that when you were in high school, you didn't have history class.'

Boom. I beat ya. I win. I think.

But, yes, I am getting older, and with that age has come a realization of things I took for granted when I was in high school.

As an adult, and even more as a parent of a little boy who is just over a year old, I have come to appreciate all that my parents went through. So, as we sit in between Mother's Day and Father's Day, here's a list of a few things you may not recognize that your parents have done for you:

  1. Sat through 2-hour health insurance meetings, agonizing over whether to choose the PPO or the HSA.
  2. Drove to work with children's songs stuck in their heads.
  3. Sat at their desks and realized they were whistling said children's songs.
  4. Spent money on your braces rather than that once-in-a-lifetime vacation they always wanted to take.
  5. Washed, dried, and folded your laundry. Every. Single. Week.
  6. Even though they've seen it 8,000 times, sat through your 3-hour production of Grease proud as could be.
  7. Shuttled you around to all your different social engagements so that you wouldn't be left out.
  8. Worried about your safety when you were out with your friends until the moment you got home.
  9. Paid your cell phone bill on time so that you could still send 3,784 texts per month and be the Words With Friends Champion.
  10. Slept 2 hours per night for the first 6 months of your life.
  11. Played with you for an hour after a long day at work when all they wanted to do was put their feet up and take a nap.
  12. Read you books even though you could barely sit still.
  13. Cooked and cleaned for you everyday so that you could have a good meal and a nice home.
  14. Prayed for you every single night before they went to bed.

These are just a few things I have come to appreciate about being a parent. I know I could think of more, and I bet you can too. Parenting is hard work, and there is no manual that comes with the job. Thank them for all that they do for you, and pray for them everyday.

They may not be perfect, and they will make mistakes, but deep down they want what's best for you.

Question: What do you appreciate about your parents? (Share below, and share it with them too!)

Eric Porteous

About the Author

I'm a very passionate person who likes to make people think, smile, and laugh. I love sports, helping people with their finances, and working out (Honestly... I'm huge. Don't be jealous.) But, when it comes right down to it, I'm just an ordinary guy who wants to live an extraordinary life. Follow me on Twitter @EricSPorteous.