She would cost her parents a lot of sleep, a real honeymoon, glasses, braces, sports gear, 14 years of dance costumes, three cars, college tuition, a Phoenix Suns Starter jacket, a Sega gaming system, headaches from not cleaning her room unless threatened, more clothes and shoes than her dad cares to count, and so so so so much more. More than she'll ever know.
But for 30 years she has been grateful to her parents that they never once thought of giving her up, though they were young and just starting out with no money to raise a baby. Love, will and hard work prevailed. And, to this day, her mother says she wouldn't have changed a thing.
Today is my 30th birthday. My parents have been together for 30 years. The love, will and hard work they have shown me throughout my entire life is what fuels me each and every day.
Happy birthday, to me.
And happy birth day to my parents.