Today was Walk n Roll to school day across the country. Students and scores of parent volunteers helped kids and their parents kick the car habit and try walking or riding to campus. Lilly and I braved the streets and traffic to show our solidarity. In addition, I almost had a mental breakdown.
Picture, if you will, a cute little blond girl with curls cascading from beneath her helmet riding her cute little pink bike, with pink tassels and pink training wheels. Imagine the mother of this young darling walking/running along side with sweat rolling down her face as she had to hold child upright since the training wheels were all wonky. By the time we arrived at school, I was almost in tears. These turned to giggles at the sheer thought of how comical the entire thing was. The ride home was much better after the one fall down and the one meltdown due to not wanting her training wheels anymore. Fun times were had by all! At least we stayed out of the car. :0
The Bike Rack at Lilly's School this morning! Twice as full as normal!
Today also marks the second day of writing about people in my life who mean so very much to me. Yesterday it was my friends, today it is my in-laws. My father-in-law and mother-in-law are avid readers of happymommy. I don't want to embarras them or speak out of school. However, these two people are so unbelievably important to me and my family. From the first time I met them, they welcomed me into their family. No questions asked, and one huge hug.
My father-in-law is kind, funny as they come and he loves his family with a fierceness that is almost indescribable. There is not a single thing he will not do for a friend, family and even a stranger. I adore this man's jokes, his knowledge of the weather and his loyalty to my children, his son and daughter as well as me. He is the man behind the amazing woman, my mother-in-law.
She has become, over the years, a great friend of mine. She supports me, trusts me and lets me be myself. The incredible way she allows me to treat her home as mine when we visit is such a gift. I never feel like an outsider, or the wife of her son. I feel like a daughter. And boy, the way she loves my children, not to mention her own children, is a joy to experience. We never doubt where we stand with her, and I love that.
They did an incredible job of raising two wonderful children. My sister-in-law is a giving, loving and beautiful woman whose life seems to be getting better every year. I am lucky to call her my friend.
This wouldn't be a complete post about in-laws if I didn't talk about my brother-in-law. My sister's husband is a man of men. He is quiet, yet says so much. I love him, but for goodness sakes, no one tell him that!
I realize that these past two posts have turned into why I love everyone so much, but lets face it. I do love everyone. Every single person I write about has had a huge effect on who I am today. I will continue to praise them because I am blessed to have them.