The past 18 months have been hard for my parents and their friends; at least half a dozen of their group have passed away. When you live to be in your 80s, it is likely that you will endure the passing of some friends, but it is still a blow to the heart, every time it happens. The cumulative effect of so many memorial services has been hard. A gathering to celebrate a happy occasion was welcome.
My parents are natives of Seattle, and some of their friendships go as far back as grade school. That is something to think about, right there. To live in a community, to know people and share memories that far back is a rare blessing.
Jim, Caroline, Gregg and I discussed the menu and divided the responsibilities, and the result was a happy evening. We had a slideshow of photos, beginning with their wedding day and continuing through this summer; chocolate favors, seashell centerpieces, a dreamy cake, beautiful flowers, delicious food ("surf and turf") and a gathering of good friends and family.
There were toasts, good wishes and joy all around. My parents are very happy...and that makes me happy.
|Bride & groom glowing after the ceremony|
|Mom's father, Morton, and mother, Emilie, with Mom & Dad|
|Cousins Margaret and Leslie, friends Elaine and Marjorie, Dad, Mom, Morton (Coco), Nana Edna (my dad's mother - isn't she beautiful?) and Nana Emilie|
…and from the party Sunday night:
|David, me, Gregg, Dad, Jim, Mom, Caroline, Phil, Rachel|
|Gregg, Dad, Mom & David before cocktail hour begins|
|Seashell cake (from New Renaissance Cakes)|
|Phil & his beautiful girlfriend, Rachel, who came up from California for the party|
|Lovely ladies: Caroline and Mom|
|Elsa, Patsy & me (Patsy was my teacher in PRESCHOOL)|
|Mom & friends|
|Caroline, Jim & friends|
|Mom, Dad & friends|
|Gregg, me with friends. All three of the couples at our table have been married over 60 years!|
|The happy couple cutting their cake|