Today marks my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary. The family is all coming together on the weekend to celebrate – a resort near Kelowna, a dinner cruise on Okanagan Lake, a slide show of pictures through the years, laughs, meals, cuddling all the new great-grandchildren, meeting new family members added in the last few years, letters from Prime Minister, Governor General and Queen, memories …
I’m really looking forward to this, but want to take a few moments to honor my parents.
Sixty years ago they pledged to honor and cherish, and have held to each other for all of these years. Through gain and loss, good and bad, triumphs and tragedies, moves, changes, all the phases of married and family life, they’ve worked and loved and laughed and cried together. Always hard workers, they still haven’t stopped (see the blog about fixing their roof). Their examples of love and loyalty and persistence are ingrained in all of their children.
They have six children, fifteen grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, six children-in-law, five grand-children-in-law – of these 40 people, 36 are able to gather for this reunion celebration weekend, plus a couple of cousins coming along as well. We’ve been asked to bring memories, lessons learned from Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa – and the first one that came to my mind is hospitality. I remember the parties for staff members, dinners for family and friends, coffee always on for neighbors dropping in, cards around the table many evenings. Mom was always baking and cooking to be prepared to have enough for whoever might be there – and ‘enough’ apparently meant too much, but certainly nobody ever left the table hungry. Dad was ever the gracious host, trying to make sure that everybody was comfortable and didn’t have an empty glass. I often aspire to have such a hospitable home, but fall ever short of their high standards.
Today I think of all the sacrifices they made to give their family the best life possible, and am thankful for them, for the parents (and parenting example) they have been, for the love they hold for everybody in their lives, for their generosity of spirit and worldly goods, for being my Mom and Dad – and for teaching me to dance!!
I love you Mom and Dad. Happy 60th Anniversary.
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