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Pardon me while I indulge in christmas morning reveries from 1984. I was 5 months old and my mom was looking extra rosy, happy and perfect. My dad was wearing his knit hat and red suspenders (which he still wears christmas morning, 25 years later). I was wearing my first ever tutu with striped socks. Life was good.






Just look at my parents. They're so perfectly suited for each other in appearance, temperament and interests, it's mind boggling.

To this day, while he searches for horn handled knives in the antique store, she hunts for old bits of lace. He goes crazy for bonsais at the botanic garden while she's giddy over the ferns and moss. She plays the bowed psaltery while he's on the recorder. He's baking the bread while she's manning the omelet pan.

This fall my dad has started driving my mom to work in the mornings. Last week he was so excited because he bought them matching his and hers travel mugs so they could drink coffee side by side for their hour long commute. Painfully adorable.

44 comments:

  1. Fantasticly heart-warming. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. this was such a sweet post. your parents are so lovely, amy :)

    g

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  3. ohhhhhhh i love this post. might be my favorite to date.

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  4. how sweet amy! it's funny our parents kind of look alike i will have to show you a pic one day, especially our fathers, in that picture at least! i got your note that you made it to the wagner institute. this makes me so happy and envious. i miss it. i was thinking of you today, i am on the hunt for a small christmas tree and i remember your post from either last year or the year before when you blogged about your Little Women Christmas and you happened to feature the cutest tree in the world. do you have any tips on where to find such a cute creature? let me know if you get the chance!!
    hope all is well and happy holidays to you.
    xo

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  5. It's so wonderful for a child when his/her parents love each other.

    Your mother is absolutely gorgeous. You were very cute too.

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  6. How are you ever going to reach the high expectations you now have for marriage after observing such a wonderful union for so many years?
    ...oh--wait...you're the Amy Merrick...I think there's a special someone out there for you who will hang up Norman Rockwell next to your fruit prints and punch leather while you craft and shop with you for matching vintage plaid shirts. ;-)

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  7. 1984 was my first Christmas, too! I didn't get to be a ball of tutu, though. So cute!

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  8. These photos make me so happy and excited for the future and what it might bring, which probably sounds a little silly but is true all the same. I've really enjoyed reading your blog as of late :)

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    I hope you check mine too.

    http://dreamchymecindy.blogspot.com

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  10. Love the photographs and the mini character sketches. I am charmed!

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  11. Sweetest post about your adorable parents - the commute story says it all!!

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  12. Story Book Lives...a wonderful legacy for you!
    Perfect family photos!

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  13. Loved seeing the photos of you back when. What a love your parents share. You are very blessed to have such wonderful parents.

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  14. Love seeing your family photos!

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  15. Awww, how incredibly, beautifully sweet! We should all be so lucky.... Happy Holidays!

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  16. These photos are so beautiful! Your parents are truly inspirational. I hope my husband and I are still as in love years later!

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  17. oh god i loved all the pics!!

    your family looks wonderful indeed :)

    love.

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  18. oh that breaks my heart in the best way!

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  19. ...True love...*sigh*

    ...And how cute are you?! *hee,hee* ;o)

    ...Thanks for sharing such a wonderful memory!

    ...Blessings too... :o)

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  20. cool pics! love the early 80s! peace.

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  21. you have a rare thing amy... parents who actually adore eachother. btw, I'm probably about the same age as your mom... have a 25 year old son who says most girls are "restaurant girls." Since I was lucky enough to find the same kind of love your mom found, I'm hoping my son will one day find a girl who loves the old fashioned stuff too. (yep, we were hippies too... changed our mode of dress a bit, but hung onto the same interests and loves)

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  22. OHHHHHHHHHHHHHh Amy...

    Laughing along with the glimpses of ghosts of Christmas Past. (Scratchy red drop-seat long johns and a christmas apron, sitting on that hideous orange carpet hiding our hard wood floors. ICK those stuffed swans!)

    BUT...The photo's clearly show how delighted we were to have you enter our lives. You were the best present of that Christmas! All wrapped in wiggling Tutu.

    Yes... I AM fortunate to have both you AND your father. My compassionate care givers and "life lines" during my accident and recovery. It inspires hope and awe that the worst things... can bring out our best (not our most bitter!). We've gotten closer and ClOSER. There's so much to be grateful for in this gift of shared life.

    When i look at your Dad, I see his integrity. Looking with eyes of love and gratitude, that is all I see. The multitude of our differences adds creative contrast and endearing comforting connection. It pleases me that you too can look past our imperfections to see perfection!

    I wish you all the power to see, choose and nurture love in your life. Life was good.
    LIFE IS GOOD!

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  23. Um, not to be super creepy, but your mom is SUCH A BABE. Good grief!

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  24. You were right about the subconscious. Kind of. It's complicated but I'm sorting it all out and I'll report back to you when we hang out next week. When will that be?

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  25. What a fantastic family! You are so lucky! And your mum is beautiful.

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  26. Well, You are the of same generation as my children. Your parents are beautiful, both of them, and you were adorable, obviously!

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  27. I hadn't realised you are the same age as my daughter, that was her first Christmas, too! She was dirndl-dressed baby with rosy cheeks, but it made me smile to read your post and see your folks - we were all young and in love and I am happy to say, my (now) husband and I not only have 2 more adorable daughters after the 1984 one, but we are still loving each other into our 25th Christmas together. I love how we are so compatible, yet sometimes it takes someone else's perception to see it yourself - my '84 daughter has been lucky and has a great partner and cute baby of her own, now!!
    I hope we can long follow you on your lovely and nostalgic blog, with that great little modern vibe, thanks!

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  28. OH my god, your parents do sound ridiculously perfect. How disgustingly beautiful. I'm happy for them, and you :)

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  29. That is so so so adorable! How happy does your mum look!! Beautiful.

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  30. oh this makes me swoon! It's so great that your parents are still so in love and drinking from matching mugs!

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  31. second time visiting this post. love it

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  33. This was so sweet...my heart is aching in a good way. Beautiful love.

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  34. totally agree with dorissa. my heart is aching too. i love this post.

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  35. Aw. So sweet :) What a nice comment from your Mum too!

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  36. i stumbled upon your blog, and i'm so glad to have.

    thank you for sharing this story. what a beautiful family you have grown to be yourself in... what a constant blessing!

    (i posted a link to this entry in my blog... it's too sweet not to share! I hope that's ok!!)
    http://jamieshea.blogspot.com/2009/12/how-do-you-solve-problem-like-maria.html

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  37. oh my Gosh your family is so cute in these pics, esp your lumberjack dressed Pops!!!

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  38. My gosh, they are so beautiful together. They look so happy. What a blessing to have such a gorgeous family.

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  39. that is soo sweet! we are expecting our first baby this fall, and i tear up easily and get sentimental now, so i really do hope we are anything like that in 25 years!

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  40. ur post just brought tears to my eyes and also made me smile...wish you n ur family best of luck, happiness and cheer...

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS... :)

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  41. I read an article you wrote that got picked up by Yahoo, and HAD to see what else you wrote. I'm so glad I did!!!

    Your writing is so charming and positive. I am delighted by your gratitude. After 3 blog entries... I subscribed.

    Thank you!

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