My parents are celebrating their 50th anniversary today.
They had six children – all boys. They ended the family with identical twins – boys, of course, and I was Baby #2. I am the baby by seven minutes.
Congratulations Mom and Dad Sangl! You are wonderful parents who mean the world to me and my bros.
Here are ten reasons I love my parents:
- They gave six boys the opportunity to grow up on a farm in the country – no better living than that!
- They were both up at the crack of dawn and worked like crazy – Dad with his homebuilding business – Mom with the family. I never heard them complain.
- We were required to work hard – early and often. We knew nothing different, and only recognized the full value of this when we grew up.
- We went to church (sometimes four times a week) – and rarely missed a service – instilling strong values.
- We managed to go on vacation once a year (usually fishing) – even when the budget was tight.
- My dad once sold his beloved John Deere tractor as a necessary step in bridging a budget gap – he was willing to make sacrifices for the family and the business.
- My dad was born and raised on the Minnesota/Iowa border and my mom was born and raised around Indianapolis. We traveled often and saw a lot of sights – every trip was instrumental in my education.
- They taught me the value of a dollar. We canned 100 quarts of green beans and froze over 100 bags of sweet corn at a time during the summer to make the budget work.
- They are hilarious. They built themselves a new house almost all by themselves in their late 60s. You should have seen my dad putting the decking on the roof. It involved a truck, roller skates, pullies, boards, and rope.
- They have loved each other through thick and thin – and refused to give in when many would give up.
Congratulations, Mom and Dad. You are awesome parents!