To love is good, too: love being difficult. For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
Happy 45th Anniversary mom and dad!
While going through pictures, I found mom and dad’s original wedding announcement from the newspaper. How cool is that! I’m guessing it was either from the Latrobe Bulletin or the Tribune Review, our local papers. (I was amazed at the detail the paper described mom’s wedding dress! While dad only got an honorable mention!) How times have changed, from when the printed paper was one of the biggest sources for news that everyone read daily. Now, newspaper circulation is nearly extinct and online and television news is the go-to source. Just think, when mom and dad got hitched, the internet didn’t exist, neither did email, nor did social media sites, and certainly not blogging.
Well, mom and dad are still kicking with 45-years of marriage. I bet my grandpap Chester would have never guessed it. Mom and dad have come a long way since December 12, 1969. I’m sure they’d both agree it has been, and still continues to be an adventure. I know it has been from where I joined the crazy train, December 12, a few years later. Yes, every year since I was born we’ve celebrated both mom and dad’s wedding anniversary and my birthday together, for I graced them with my presence on their anniversary. (not the other way around) There for a while, it was also the first day of doe season, which used to take priority with dad, but that’s a minor note.
This past August, good friends of mine celebrate their 50th Anniversary. Happy 50th Anniversary! It’s neat to think, that that will be mom and dad in just five short years. With all of mom’s positive attitude (sarcasm) she claims they’ll never make it that far, not due to divorce, but to death. Yes, I’m sure the old folks are amazing and astounding their doctors for just being alive. Personally, I think they still have a fight left in them, if Kyle and I have anything to do about it.
Forty-five years is a long time, almost none existent today. Mom and dad are a rare breed, in more ways than one, so I guess their anniversary is fitting. Because of their commitment to each other, we’ve all had a wonderful and stable family life, including Kyle. I’m not saying it was perfect, only typical for such a tight knit family. It says a lot about mom and dad’s character for having maintained their marriage, raised a family and dealt with outside forces, good and bad, for nearly a half a century. Their anniversary (not their eating habits nor lack of exercise) should not be taken lightly, but only celebrated and viewed as a goal for others to strive towards. I am blessed to be apart of their legacy and I am proud they have set the example for Kyle for what it really means to be married.
Happy Anniversary Gigi and pappy!
Since I’m discussing celebrations, I never got to write mom a blog post, formally celebrating her birthday from October 26th, this past year. At the time I was visiting my sister in Virginia, helping her get her rental property ready for new tenants. The week escaped me. I planned on being home in time for mom’s birthday, but alas that didn’t happen. I wanted to give mom a shout out for her 65th birthday too! Happy Birthday late mom!
As we’ve always done, mom, dad and I exchange celebrations between us. Dad asked me with an ornery grin, the same one Kyle gives me from time to time, “So do you feel old?” Fat chance! Acting young, some may say immature, is my thing! It’s what I truly believe allows me to stay youthful at heart and in appearance, that and I drink a lot of water and stay out of the direct sunlight. I guess there’s a lot to celebrate today! TGIF!