My grandparents' 65th anniversary is today. That's nuts! And awesome.
Anyway, I thought I'd share the speech I gave at their party on Sunday. Enjoy!
My grandparents are pretty great. Obviously you all know this, because you're here today to celebrate the love that these two wonderful people have shared for 65 years. When I think about it, I can hardly fathom that amount of time. My longest relationship was two years, and just that blip seems like a long time to me.
One of the things I love most about about them is how encouraging they are. Not in the generic "you can do it" kind of way. They push. Grandpa has told me more times than I can count that I need to stand up for myself so people don't walk all over me. Not because they do, but just as a reminder that I'm a person that should be thought of when taking things into consideration. And grandma continues to tell me that I can do anything I want to do, because I'm smart enough to figure out how to make whatever I want happen. Everyone can always use people like them in their corner.
Something else amazing about them is how caring they are, not only towards each other, but to everyone around them. I have heard from both of them numerous times that if something is bothering me about what they're saying or asking or doing, to make sure I tell them and they'll stop doing it. Of course, I haven't needed to because of how wonderful they are. They always want to make sure that everyone around them is having a good time. And I know they appreciate all of you being here to enjoy this celebration with them.
They are great role models, and I hope that when I grow up, I am as delightful to be around, as sassy, and as in love as these two fantastic people I get to call my grandparents.
The red notification number. That's all I want to see. When I'm on googlereader reading blogs, I just toggle my screen to check on Facebook to see if I have any new notifications. Watching things on hulu, during the commercial breaks, I check. WRITING A BLOG POST, I CHECK.
For me, and probably a lot of people, a notification is the ultimate sign of validation. I'll post a status, hoping that someone will like it or comment on it. And if they don't, usually within 15-20 minutes, I delete it. Because I can't stand the fact that I've put something out there that no one can identify with. What's the point of sharing something if no one cares?
I know, you're supposed to do everything you do for your own enjoyment, but...sometimes, the validation is what you need. Most of the time, I need validation. I don't even have a good reason for it, really. My parents are still together, I had no real childhood problems (as far as I know), I wasn't adopted or abandoned (except by an afterschool program, but they didn't really have their act together)...so why do I need to be validated so much?
This new feature facebook has, where it tells you if people have seen your message is really screwing me up too. They had that on my old phone with bbm, where it would show you if something was delivered and then if it was read. It gives you a complex! "They've seen my message, but they haven't responded. Why haven't they responded? Do they hate me? Are we in a fight that I forgot about?" Just thinking about it is stressing me out!
I need a xanax. (Is that what people take? I should get on facebook and check that.)
*Things I didn't touch on that facebook is also stressing me out about: Business success, engagements/new relationships, babies. I don't have any of these things. WAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH.