Lessons learned from my parents

Sally - 60March 14th 1953-March 14th, 2013

My parents, Don and Marianne Whitlock, celebrate their 60th anniversary on March 14th, 2013! They have lived in several states and overseas in Nuremburg, Germany. They have raised five children, of which I am number four. This week most of our family will gather together to celebrate this special anniversary. Together with many of their friends, all five of their children, all but a few of their seventeen grandchildren and their two great grandchildren, my parents will celebrate a lifetime together!

As I think about the blessings of sixty years, and all of the people they have had an impact on, I can’t help but rejoice in what they’ve given to me! Physical things – definitely – they provided anything I ever needed and almost everything I ever wanted and that was a lot! My father was the perfect example of a hard working father and husband. In their early years, he held down several jobs…finally joining the Army and beginning a military career. Decades later, he retired and began another career with the Hillsbourough County Sheriff's Department! My mother worked hard at home…always busy serving her family. She was always there for me. Always. There are two words I use often and, somehow, they will always remind me of my mother: wonderful and thankful.

So much could be said about sixty years, so much is theirs, but this is what I learned by being blessed to be one of their children, and what we've tried to teach our own six children…

  • Life is wonderful
  • Believe in God
  • Love unconditionally
  • Believe in goodness
  • Always be thankful
  • Children are a blessing
  • Motherhood is a full time job
  • Serving is an act of love
  • People are worth it
  • There are lessons everywhere
  • There is no excuse for boredom
  • Enjoy giving
  • Don’t fear
  • Don’t worry
  • Act, don’t react

God has blessed me with wonderful parents and I am so thankful! Life is beautiful indeed!

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