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HERO SERIES: #1

I wanted to kick off this Hero Series with a bang, and what better way than celebrating the people who brought me into this world!

Both of my parents grew up in less-than-ideal family situations with alcoholism and neglect impacting their childhood and young adult years.

What I’ve always admired most about each of them is how they both recognized these negative influences in their life, and rather than running and hiding from their issues, they faced them head on. Both sought counseling and after a long, sometimes painful path of healing, became marriage and family therapists in order to help others understand and overcome their own struggles.

They broke the cycle, instead of getting caught up in it. They faced down their inner demons rather than passing them on to me, and I know I have benefited immeasurably from that.

My mom Vicki, instilled my love for horses and exploring in the backcountry on long trail rides. She shared her relationship with God with me in a way that gave me room to grow and understand it on my own terms and at my own pace. My faith in God has long been the most important thing in my life, and she gave that to me through the freedom to question and examine my faith as I grew.

My dad, Alan, sparked my love for the ocean on summer sailing trips out to Catalina Island and the Sea of Cortez. I would watch him free dive and try to mimic him, learning to equalize and dive deeper each trip. We fished together and would pay visits to the neighboring boats in our teeny-weeny dinghy. He taught me to live simply and be content with what we have. To enjoy each moment in life.

Together they’ve shown me what a healthy marriage looks like: sacrifice, respect, romance, hard work, admitting when you’re wrong, joy, laughter and some bickering too. After thirty-eight years they’re still going strong, and in this day and age, that is something to celebrate!

So here’s to my parents, to their selfless love,  sweet comfort and steadfast support. I pray I never take them and all that they’ve infused into my life for granted. 


My mom telling Santa what she wants for Christmas.




My dad’s the one choking the cat on the left.




My dad with his Z.




My pretty momma.




The happy couple!




The man who sparked my love for the ocean.




My dad’s first mate.




 




Ready for a dive!




They even got married on a sailboat!




Then I came along.




Ha.




4 Responses to “HERO SERIES: #1”

  1. Dad says:

    Dear Daughter: That’s one of the sweetest tributes you could have given me and your Mom, and it brings back wonderful memories! Thank you so much! Love, Your Dad

  2. Chris Grant says:

    I love this Shannon! Well done! …and very well done to your parents for raising such an amazing person. They must be so very proud of you!

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