I've listened to you for 23 years. We raised our kids by many of your principles and you gave me the courage to be a firm but loving Mom. My daughter called me earlier today and said "Mom, what would you say if I told you my boyfriend gave me an engagement ring?" I answered without hesitation, "if he's willing to swim through shark-infested waters to bring you a lemonade, then I approve." We both laughed, but she said that he is.
Her dad and I have been married for 27 years. I stayed home to raise them, and now she chose a young man who has a great job, no debt, his family adores her, and we have known him since he was a toddler right across the street. They match up religiously, philosophically, and even politically. I told both our kids years ago that if they expected us to participate or help pay for a wedding, there would be a reasonable amount of premarital counseling involved.
My daughter is not going to shack up (which was another rule for getting our help or participation in a wedding). I couldn't be more proud. Thank you, Mother Laura, for teaching me how to be a good mom!