Thursday, April 7, 2011


It would make most sense to introduce you to the two people who brought my sappy ass into this world. Their rules and morals were never anything I fought growing up. They were and are very supportive and full of life and love. They've been married for about 36 years now, and watching their relationship evolve since I've been a part of their life has been quite interesting. I will say, I definitely fight like my dad and forgive like my mom. My dad and I share the same lack of patience for day to day tasks, but we share that hunger to find the meaning of life and our purpose for being a part of it. I have the same tendency as my mom to wear my heart on my sleeve and be overly sensitive in situations. It can come off as annoying at times but it comes from a place of deep understanding and compassion. Without it, I couldn't write this blog. I don't think you can teach someone to love like you can teach them math or science. Although, no one could teach me that anyway. Sure, my parents have given me a laundry list of advice since I was a kid, but to see it is to know it. I'm never sure if they were and are aware of how much time I spend watching their relationship. Every time I visit them I learn something new and feel something different. As you get older your relationship and conversations with your parents become developed. You enter into a world that they are familiar with. In your mid 20's your usually fighting for some sort of relationship, career, or emotionally stability, and it's the first time you and your parents PROBABLY at the same time, have that in common. The things you start to talk about and emotional puddles you dip into can start to weigh in really heavy. I've been close with my parents since the day I was born, but I really believe this is the time that our relationship will blossom.

I won't say when I settle down I want my relationship to be just like my parents. There are times when those two fight like Philly bums on a corner. But that's what makes them Joe & Justine. They're unique, and COMPLETELY opposite on the emotional spectrum, but they work. And at the end of the day, they're probably exhausted and thinking about how they're going to get through the next. True fighters in love I say.

Mom & Dad. 1974. Airport Sheraton Pre Honeymoon.

Mom. 20 Years Old. 1974.
Airport Sheraton Pre Honeymoon.

Mom & Dad. July 30, 1986. The Day I was Born.

Mom & Dad. 2006. John Lennon & Yoko Ono Suite.
Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Montreal


  1. You are a wonderful writer. And I love you very much. Good luck with the blog. I hope you keep it up. To set the record straight -- those first two hotel photos were taken at the Airport Sheraton on our honeymoon night before we left for Europe in May 1974, (The "S" on the shower curtain is the giveaway.) The bottom picture in the room where John Lennon and Yoko Ono had the"Bed-in" for peace sometime in the 1970s. And the day you were born ... well that's something I'll never forget. xxooxxoo

  2. You are amazing for being able to share your thoughts and feelings...takes a lot of courage and strength. Thanks for sharing. xx

    Also, I LOVE that quote!! I had never heard it before and am so happy you shared :)

  3. Thank you so much for sharing these photos of your mom and dad! I really admire two people who have been married forever and fight to keep their relationship! You're so lucky to have parents who are committed to each other! xoxoxoo


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