When Gratitude Requires Hindsight

I had the fantastic opportunity to be featured on a guest post on 1500 Days today.  Here is a sneak peak of my article.


Growing up, my parents and grandparents enjoyed recounting their stories about how they met.  My grandparents lived in the same neighborhood in Brooklyn and became childhood sweethearts in grade school.  They were inseparable, until World War II called my grandfather into action.


My grandfather dutifully served, but he refused to talk about the war with us.  As a result, none of us knew exactly where he was or what he did.  He would always say that he sat in a ship somewhere in the Pacific.  He joked that the sun from the Pacific was so hot that it burned off all his hair, hence his baldness.  Shortly after he returned from the war, my grandparents married and started a family, like so many others from the Silent Generation.


My parents are both baby boomers and attended Virginia Tech.  They met while waiting outside to enter into a science class.  My dad was a sophomore while my mom was a freshman.  My dad was clearly spitting some game as he was able to convince my mom to go with him to a frat party later that night.  When I got older, I heard the full story.  My dad actually showed up a little tipsy for the date as he decided that he needed to pre-game beforehand.  But clearly, my mom didn’t mind too much.  My dad rocked a sweet ‘stache at the time, so my mom probably figured that my dad was a hot commodity.


But the craziest part of all was that they decided to get married in college.  When I was a kid, I didn’t think much of that detail.  They were adults and in love, so they got married.  But after going through college, that detail astonishes me.  There is no way I was mature enough at that time to enter into marriage.


So anyways, I’m sure many of you are thinking, what does this have anything to do with money or gratitude?


To read more, head on over to 1500 Days!

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  1. Wow! So many great points in this post, let me try to be brief…
    One: Our grandparents, The Greatest Generation, are the most amazing people ever for their sacrifices, their contributions to the world and living only half their lives with air conditioning.

    Two: How great is your father for rocking the ‘stache?!? I love stumbling over old pics of my parents and seeing my father’s old ‘stache winking at my mom.

    Three: I don’t know another time, when the divorce rate has been higher than today. Did people rush into marriage? Sometimes waiting to get married isn’t necessarily a bad thing – helps a person mature and truly grow to understand what they want out of life. That said, when love comes smacking you upside the back of the head, it’s time to put on your big-boy pants.
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  2. Loved the story. Great teaser on your website, and an amazing story about your journey. Have you found a way to improve your poker face at all haha

    Anyway, it is funny how you just knew that she would be your wife. Always great to hear and read stories about how you met your spouse. Everything in life happens for a reason and the timing happened because it was the right time. I’m happy that you didn’t meet her right after college for the reasons you mentioned.

    Great read. Enjoy your weekend!


  3. Great story, and of course I love the guest post on 1500days. His website always cracks me up just a bit. Loved the Thursday rants. Happy Fourth, have a great holiday!

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