Today, I’m not going to write about my experiences in Germany. I’m actually going to stick to another topic that is near and dear to my heart.
Today happens to be their 59th wedding anniversary and although I wish I could be there to celebrate with them, I figured a blog about them would suffice! So without further ado, Happy Anniversary Grams and Gramps!!
They met on a blind date many moons ago and have been inseperable since! They had 4 kids together (two boys, two girls – including my momma!), a few pets and a few houses later and here they are! As sweet as ever!
When I was a little girl and I would do something bad, my mom would always say, “I’m going to tell Grandma!” That used to scare the ever-living-you-know-what out of me! I don’t know why it did because my Grandma is probably the sweetest person in the world. I can’t ever remember her yelling at me (even though I’m sure she did – I was wild!) Now that I think about it though, I guess I just didn’t want my Grammy to know I was anything but perfect.
At one time in my life we lived with them for a short while during the midst of moving and some of my BEST memories are in that house. I wish they still lived there but it was a big place for just the two of them. Now of course they live in a smaller house, which means closer quarters and more bickering between the two of them. It’s so sweet though, if bickering can be sweet!
At their house there was an umbrella tree out front I would sit in for hours and pretend it was my own house and no one could see me. Grams always had the fridge stocked with my favorite bologna – The “German” imitation kind, Wunderbar. (My fate for Germany was set at a young age, obviously.) My grandpa set up a hammock for us downstairs and I would love to sit out there and swing and thus my LOVE for hammocks had begun. Looking forward to buying one for my house once the garden is done. They had this deck where we would put out food for the squirrels and Johnny Mathis would play on the record player – my Grams’ favorite.
Old movies…hmm..where do I begin. They have a collection of the best movies ever made and my ultimate favorite is Harvey Girls with Judy Garland. I would watch them all: Meet Me in St. Louis, Anchors Aweigh, High Society, On The Town, and the list goes on and on. The classics…nothing better than that! They opened me up to a whole new realm of awesomeness. Movies these days lack class and pure talent. Anyone can act, but back then…there was some REAL talent. People dancing, singing, and acting. Good stuff!
Christmas time at their house was incredible. Our whole family would come together and it was the most special time for me. The greatest memories. Back then, it was only me and my brother – no one else had kids. We had our bread bowl and a million other snacks. I used to try to wait so patiently to open one gift that night.
These two people helped shape me into who I am today. Being around them gives me a look at what being married for 59 years is like. Sweet bickering, ever-lasting friendship, and an understanding of each other that you only get with time. There is an ease about them that is reassuring and I look forward to having many long years with someone too. They inspire me to love whole-heartedly.
I love you both! I hope today is just as special as it was 59 years ago! Hugs and kisses from across the ocean blue! (See you in 25 days!!!!)
Until next time, readers!! xoxoxoxoxo