On this anniversary: A message of thanks for our partners in parenting
Today, July 19, is my wedding anniversary and I wanted to use this little bit of space to send a small message of thanks to my partner in particular, and all of our partners in parenting in general.
Walking On Mom has its name because sometimes that’s all we can do, keep moving on in whatever way we know how, just to get through. Sometimes that way is sitting still, sometimes it’s running full speed. We look to each other — sharing stories, helping each other with tips and encouragement. And today I want to thank my husband, my partner, really all of the partners, who stand beside each of us and offer support and love in complex and subtle ways, especially if you’re like me and struggle with anxiety or depression that can add some serious layers of complication to life.
Whether you are with a spouse, or if you are a single parent getting support from family, friends or online communities, I hope you can read this note and think of your own moments of gratitude for people who support you in this crazy parenting path.
On this anniversary: A message of thanks
Thank you, for being my partner in these shared (mis)adventures in parenthood, for stepping in with a bucket full of patience when I’ve emptied mine.
For quiet nights sitting together, reading or immersed in shows, for well-timed laughs that deflate annoyances and good food and wine at our table.
I’m moved, ever so, by thoughtful gestures when you see I’m faltering, that you give me space to build my dreams, that you help me find quiet when I’m desperately seeking peace.
From depths unknown, I’m grateful that you try to understand my struggles and that you wait for me while I learn.
I am strengthened knowing that gentle arms await when the world feels heavy.
I am thankful for (dis)agreements that bring us closer together and for words that reassure. For time, for love, for all the days stretched out before us, thank you.
I love you.