Your parents are your first…everything. They brought you into this world and hopefully, guided your development into the person you are today with as much love, nurturing and opportunity that they could provide. They saw fit that your needs were being met, supported and advocated for you while encouraging your gradual independence into a fully autonomous and independent person. They are your history and understand you…”historically.” They are the baseline for how you have grown and developed your whole life and can speak with authenticity of who you are as a person. Hopefully, they set your moral compass in the right direction by leading by example and demonstrating to you right from wrong and how to navigate life. They are part of your memories and good or bad…have loved you and had hopes/dreams for you since inception. They can be the tough love to get you back on track, your soft place to fall and through their eyes…you can see yourself a bit as they do pass down not only pieces of themselves and the lessons they have taught..but you can see generations of “you” and the things you wish to replicate, as well as the things you might want to tweak and change. None of us are perfect and parents are no exception however, that is what life is for…to perfect who we are as individuals, do no harm, love our families and friends and live as good human beings. Parents can guide us on that journey and add dimensions to our lives and that of the spouses and children we add to the fold to grow our families. Your parents are your first friends, your teachers, your comfort and should love you unconditionally…till the end of their lives.