Today would have been my parents 57th wedding anniversary.
February 1, 1958
I want to share with you a couple of things. First a video I put together (with the help of a professional videographer – thank you Kelley) for my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. The video is a bit long so I will understand if you don’t watch it all and yes, that is my voice narrating it.
The next item I want to share is a very cute poem a friend of my parents composed for their 50th anniversary.
A Golden Voyage by Greg Livadas
Chuck first saw Claire at the Buffalo station
She was lugging a mixer, some automation.
Right then Chuck offered his help
He picked up that mixer and let out a yelp.
Their journey began that day near the trains
Their love for each other to this day remains.
They visit their children, Colleen, Cindy, Paul,
Five grandchildren too, they’re getting so tall.
Claire’s passion for teaching never did wilt
Her favorite hobby is making a quilt.
Chuck always enjoys watching lacrosse
He’s happily retired so reports to no boss.
He drives on the highways delivering blood.
Once while ballooning he fell in the mud.
The Fourth of July they’re at Town Hall
Selling church popcorn for one and for all.
Chuck as a pilot, he had so much fun
And Claire got a ride, but only just one.
They travel the world, enjoy a good tour
Seeing new sights is the big lure.
Alaska, Sodoma, they’ll never forget
Especially in Italy, the in-ground toilet.
Chuck wants to win the lottery, please!
While Claire is content with some Limburger cheese.
This couple is watching each other’s backs
That’s why their marriage has remained on the tracks.
So happy 50th, to this husband and wife
I’m so glad you’re both a part of my life.
Just a couple of days ago Greg updated the ending of the poem:
Seven years later, Chuck’s journey on earth ended
It’s doubtful the hole in our hearts will be mended.
He lived a great life, even died on his terms
The love from his family and friends do affirm.
His legacy now blooms as bright as the dawn
As long as we remember, he’ll never really be gone.
Thank you Greg for a wonderful tribute to my parents and allowing me to publish it here.
I also wanted to thank all of my readers for your wonderful comments over the past few days. It has warmed my heart to know so many of you are thinking of my family during this difficult time. I can’t thank all of you individually so please know I am grateful. I am hopeful that I can get caught up on all that has been happening around Blogville and get back to commenting and a normal life soon.
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