Happy Anniversary to the two people I loved & admired the most in this world, my Mom & Dad. Her brother Charlie talked the other best guitar player in town to quit his band & join theirs. My Dad stopped playing lead guitar so he could be with that beautiful singer. They got married & named their daughter after the 1st song they danced to, a Spanish love song, “Maria Elena” as they would always be reminded of falling in love. My parents separated, but never divorced. They just couldn’t really say goodbye even though he stayed in NY & she followed the family to Miami. They talked on the phone every day. They were best friends. I don’t think I ever really understood what love was until that awful night when I got the call that we lost my Dad. I was visiting my family in FL. I couldn’t sleep & got a call, 4/20/03 he had left us. Everything was falling apart but I tried to gently wake her up. I held her in my arms & broke the news. To this day telling her that he was gone was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I was stunned & will never forget what she said. “My Jimmy, oh my Jimmy we’ll never be together again.” We held onto each other crying but all I could think was my God they still loved each other after over more than 20 years being separated. You see, the last thing my Dad said to me on the way to the airport was, “I miss your Mom. I wish we were together again.” On 10/26/09 she left us but her final request: to go back to my Dad in Heaven in her wedding gown & veil.
If you ever take anything from me, take a lesson from Annie & Jimmy. If you love someone, tell them. Tell them so much that you are a pain in the butt. And if you love someone, run to them. Don’t fear making a fool of yourself or fear getting hurt because tomorrow is never a guarantee. Be brave, fall completely, be best friends & communicate. #truelove #love #anniversary #happyagain #family #happyanniversary #wedding #myheroes #parsonsschoolofdesign #nyu #brooklyntech #adelphiuniversity #missyou #lifelessons #marriage #bestfriends #italian #newyork #lovestory