31 Days, 31 People
Day 27: MARG

A few years ago I started seeing a guy, and very early on I started talking to his mom on the phone. In one of my very early posts in this series, I mentioned thinking about the moms in my life. The moms of my friends over the years have been absolutely great to me. I should probably do a 31 Moms series.

Marg lives in New Hampshire. I was working at Zappos at the time, I had a 30–60 minute commute to and from, every day. I can’t quite recall how we got started on our almost daily conversations, but I’d call Marg on my drive in the morning and we’d talk. Hands-free, don’t worry.

It seemed like maybe we talked almost daily for the better part of a year, maybe more. I learned so much about my boyfriend’s family. We shared stories of our parents, our friends, growing up, finances, parenting, health insurance… you name it. We covered it. I loved it! It’s quite amazing how well you can get to know the person you’re seeing, through his family.

Our long one-on-one conversations tapered off after I started working at home. Now me, Ken and his parents talk altogether, regularly on FaceTime. It is pretty awesome to live in an era where you can stay in touch with people on the other side of the country or the world, the way we can today. This is great stuff.

I can still remember the first time going to meet Marg and ‘Big’ Ken (as my girls have lovingly labeled him) in person. I was so nervous. They picked us up at the airport. They greeted us with hugs and I’ve felt like part of the family ever since. A year or so later we brought my girls out with us, something we’ve started making an annual summer vacation tradition, they’ve made us all feel like family. Still, every time we go visit one of my favorite parts is when Marg and I will get talking in the kitchen, it’s like our old phone conversations.

Marg I am so grateful for all the work you’ve done to raise your beautiful kids, one of which has become my partner. It can be a daunting task to bring up human beings in the world we live in and have them turn out as truly wonderful as both of yours have. I’m grateful for how you have welcomed me and my girls into your family. I’m also grateful for all the wisdom you share and something I’m possibly most grateful for is your laughter. Sometimes when we talk you and Big Ken will share stories and get laughing so hard and I have to tell you, it’s the most awesomely delightful thing to experience. You are wonderful people. I hope I will always find that ability to laugh and share laughter the way you have. It’s truly inspiring.

Thank you for being a part of my life and welcoming me into yours.

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