Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad! | hawk + pearl

Dear Mom and Dad,

Happy Anniversary!

36 years of marriage (plus 5 years before that) is a really long time to be with somebody else… like, a really, really long time. CONGRATS!

I am the luckiest girl in the world to have parents like you. You care for our family and each one of us more than you care for yourselves. You give me strength when I’m lacking. You are there for me in a heartbeat no matter the time or situation. You support every single venture that I decide to pursue. You understand my sense of humor and spit it right back day-in and day-out. You are my parents but also my friends — two of my best friends in the world.

Thank you for being my inspiration on how to love somebody with your whole heart. Thank you for proving to me that a relationship doesn’t have to be boring, and it’s better to be sarcastic and silly and fun with one another than always so serious. Thank you for showing me that it’s okay to let your walls down, and that it’s necessary to do so in order to be comfortable and entirely yourself with each other. Thank you for teaching me that love isn’t always butterflies and rainbows and unicorns, and it’s worth the fight when the person you’re fighting for is worth it. Thank you for being my example of unconditional love to look up and aspire to.

I could never thank you enough for all of the lessons you’ve taught me. You have both shaped me into the person I am today, and for that I am forever grateful.

Wishing you 36 more happy, healthy, love-filled years ahead, and a million more after that. I love you both more than words in a blog post can ever express.



Morgan Mandriota is a freelance sex, health, and wellness writer and the creator of hawkandpearl.com and highlyuntamed.com. You can read her content on Betches, BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog, and a bunch of other places on the internet. When she isn't writing, Morgan loves traveling, hiking, eating tacos, and training Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and everywhere else @morganmandriota.


  1. Anthony j.mandriota

    To my best friend,best person,best big brother mike,and my always most kind,most like my real sister,Lori,…” true LOVE…is not determined by days or years together…it’s more so..when detours..decisions..and those difficult paths are taken..but always taken Together…💗..love you…Anthony

  2. Roberta

    Morgan, what an amazingly and beautifully well-written post. Given the subject matter I’m not surprised! Having met your mom virtually many years ago and subsequently getting to know your dad and your family honestly through her I know how on point this whole beautiful tribute is and how blessed you all are. Your parents are one in a million!!!! Blessings abound!

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