Happy 21st Anniversary Mama & Daddy!

I remember it like it was yesterday… every Sunday, my big brother and I would hop in the car and ride with our mom to “Mr. Norris’s” house. I was five years old at the time, so little did I know (nor did i really care) that this “friend” was actually my mother’s love interest. All I knew was Sundays at Mr. Norris’s house meant access to Nickelodeon, the Disney channel and for my teenage brother, a daylong of 90’s music videos on VH1 and MTV. Needless to say we didn’t have cable at home, so these trips were almost like an escape to luxury for my brother and me.

♥Barbara & Norris♥
February 16, 1991
Houston, Texas

Fast forward a couple of years….I don’t really remember how long they dated before getting engaged, but I do remember being in the first grade and getting in trouble by my teacher, Ms. Foller. The pink slip read something like “...has been a continuous disruption this week. Will not stop talking about mother getting married!” LOL

But could you blame me? I was excited!!

A. My mom was getting married.
B. I was going tobe a flower girl.
C. We’d be moving in, which meant 24/7 access to cable tv.

This was the LIFE!!!

21 years ago to this very day, my parents made  a commitment before God to love, honor and to cherish. While I was too young then to fully understand and appreciate what that meant, today I have a whole new list of things to be excited about when I think of all I’ve learned and experienced just because of their union.

Needless to say, I no longer call “Mr. Norris” by salutation and first name. He is just Daddy. Not “step-dad”, not “kinda dad”, not “not-really my dad”…he is my DAD and has never made me feel like he wasn’t. Because of him, I’ve learned the value of working hard and not just working hard, but working hard without complaining. He has taught me the importance of putting money aside for a rainy day and building a life for myself first without having to depend on someone else.

My beautiful mother has showed me how to just be excited about life! How not to sweat the small stuff, how to find the good in just about every.little.thing and how to be goofy. She and I are goofballs, indeed! Most importantly, she has taught me the value of putting God first in my life.

Because of them, I’ve always had an example of what it means to love unconditionally, through richer or poorer,  in sickness and in health. Congratulations Mama and Daddy on not just being married for 21 years but for also having a union that inspires and radiates on so many. Today, we celebrate YOU!

Happy 21st Anniversary & YES.WE.WED!



13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joanne
    Feb 16, 2012 @ 08:07:08

    This made me cry. Awwww! Happy Anniversay Nanny B and Mr. Norris! They are certainly a blessed couple who balance each other out. And goofy? Yes! You got it honest. But I love you both for your goofiness! May God continue to bless their union and make them an example for us all.


  2. Larissa
    Feb 16, 2012 @ 08:17:51

    That was a beautiful dedication Emerald! Congrats to your mom and dad!


  3. Tamekia Taliaferro
    Feb 16, 2012 @ 13:59:59

    That was so beautiful I almost cried. You are so blessed to have parents like that . Now I see why you are so determined and humble and just a joy to be around.
    Love ya.


  4. Anonymous
    Feb 17, 2012 @ 13:25:04

    Emerald…you are just as sweet as you were and your parents are certainly proud of the outcome…I know I am…tell your parents Michael, Delores and Latrice and Josiah are blessed to know that they are enduring the test with excitement and success.

    Ms Delores


  5. Woodard
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 15:31:23

    Aaawwwee my friend, I miss you. Keep my baby encourage and always know that you are part of the village that helped raise her. So I thank you. Tell the family Howdy, Doody! LOL


  6. Trivell
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 05:17:37

    WOW!!! Great story Emerald! lol Love the part where the pink slip read, “…has been a continuous disruption this week. Will not stop talking about mother getting married!”


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