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Timeless Love

A Different Kind of Love
Dedicated to My Parents

Submitted by Caitland

Imagine this: a married couple, no actual wedding, no wedding bands, three grown kids, and no vacations…ever. I suppose I should start by saying this is a timeless love story, but not one of a lustful nature. I am daughter who is very much loves the parents who have raised her in a way no other family could have. I cannot even begin to adequately describe how they managed to raise three kids on tiny salaries without letting us go hungry, but they have done it in such a way that each of us recognizes how truly wonderful our parents are.

And now it's Christmas time in Tennessee, and my father just happens to be one of those impossible people to buy for as far as presents go. However, he does own over 150 Hawaiian shirts and even his clients continuously bring him in Hawaiian related items, i.e. hula bobble heads, Hawaiian shirts, or even flamingos. Both my parents run a small salon in Maryville, TN called Big Hairy Deal. They've been married for 27 years and have worked side-by-side for the last 9, and still they are married. My parents are the inspiration for not only my hope for life, but my hope for love as well. As divorce becomes more and more common, their lasting love continually becomes more unique and romantic.

I would love nothing more than to be able for my parents to get away on a romantic vacation to Hawaii in honor of their timeless love and the love their children has for them as well. After raising three kids and never having a moment to themselves, they deserve a vacation, which is, honestly, not a word that has ever been spoken of in our family. Sure, I could get them a gift certificate to a nice restaurant and movies, but so many gift certificates have been wasted as their reluctance to take off time from work so they could feed us and keep a roof over their heads. I'm now dedicated to depositing $100-$200 in a special travel fund every Christmas until I can pay their way there or a miracle occurs. Maybe you will pass by my entry because it's not true romance, but any marriage that lasts 27 years and raises three happy kids is a true romance.

Thank you for your time.


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