80 years ago…
Sounds like a very long time, but in my parent’s eyes, I think it has gone by rather quickly.
Both of them complete their eighth decade this year so the fam gathered in the mountains for a brief weekend celebration over Easter. My brother and I figured what they would most enjoy is time together. We were right.
We visited, shopped a little, ate a lot and played games each night. Michelle had everyone in the family email her one fact that no one else know about them. She then took a candy kiss and one family member’s truth typed out and packed them neatly inside an Easter egg which she hid. After the hunt, one egg per person, we went around the circle trying to figure out which fact fit which family member.
We’ve been together for a long, long time, and yet, we learned stuff we had not known before. Who knew my dad drove cross country with a group of guys in college? My nephew’s uvula is shaped like a snakes tongue. I didn’t look but the girls did. And my sister-in-law once ate over 30 baby aspirin – she was a kid and really liked the way they tasted. Come to think of it, they were quite tasty.
I was proud that Michelle masterminded that activity and carried it out all on her own.
This weekend we also took the opportunity for each child and grandchild to write a note to the patriarch and matriarch sharing what they most remember and appreciate about these two special people. We shared thoughts on Saturday night through laughter and tears. An experience that was wonderfully meaningful for each of us.
I’m glad we took the time now to enjoy their company and to tell my folks how we feel about them. It was a very special way to honor the ones who have meant so much.