Happy 55th Wedding Anniversary Mom & Dad!
Updated July 30, 2020
Today my parents celebrate 55 years of marriage. And like any other celebration in the middle of a pandemic, this celebration will look different than five or ten years ago. I jokingly asked my parents, who’ve been self-quarantining since the end of February, what exciting plans they had to celebrate their upcoming wedding anniversary.
My dad responded that he wants his oldest grandson, who’s taken in interest in cooking during quarantine, to make them dinner. Like many, we haven’t been together as a family since early January, when we celebrated my Dad and oldest nephew’s thirteenth birthday. Never did I think then that we wouldn’t be together at least a dozen times over the next seven, almost eight months.
My parents have a remarkable marriage and our family has never been so grateful that they’ve had each other during quarantine. Celebrations look and feel different but all amazing achievements still deserve to be recognized. Please join me in wishing and helping my parents celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary today.
July 30, 2015
Some people go for quality, and some for quantity; and, if you’re lucky enough in love you get both, like our parents celebrating 50 years of marriage today. This may look a lot like last year’s tribute, but much like our parents, “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”
Thank you to our parents for always helping us through the tears, fears, jeers and showing us through your obvious love & devotion to one another over the last 50 that if you’re doing it right-every year is best of years.
Forty-nine was fine but fifty years?
Upon refelction my mom wondered if they ever owned mirrors.
We three girls find it hard to imagine
Our parents had a life before their daughters became such a distraction.
If only he’d have known how much estrogen was in store
The poor man would have headed towards the door!
They ran off in secret and got married
Fearful if their parents found out they’d be buried.
Elegant dress of canary
but sadly Dad’s dancing–less than extraordinary
Mom’s new shoes were never the same
But that soon wouldn’t matter ’cause they’d be out of that game
was their first little taste of Heaven
A parasol in snow is quite a look
Thankfully this womean is an amazing cook!
It was a family of three
then came along lil old me
Looking shy and demure as the lil sis
A stage almost everyone would come to miss
We were four
Laura ran before she could walk
Fitting since she was the talented family jock
This is where life’s lessons were taught & often sought:”You don’t have money, we make money if you want things you work for them”
“Learn on someone else’s dime”
“No matter how many times you fall remember what you learned on your way back up”
“Remember to get back up”
“No matter how badly you think you have it someone always has it better & someone always has it worse”
“It’s ok if people underestimate you, it will be twice as rewarding when they figure out that was their mistake”
“The smartest person in the room is the most observant one”
“We’re not going to throw you a parade just because you did what was expected of you”
“Own your mistakes but don’t take credit for other people’s mistakes”
And one I figured out recently with their amazing strength, love and support:
“It’s not about being right, it’s about doing right”
My mom told me years ago that once you’re a parent you’re always a parent and when your kids cry or are hurt regardless of age, it hits a parent twice as hard.
My choices over the last five years to do what’s right have hurt the people I care about the most with their blessings and support which makes them more than incredible it makes them extraordinary.
Happy 50th & 51st Mom & Dad!
We love you!