Mom & Dad’s 50th

When I was a single mom, I intensely prayed during that certain part of a wedding ceremony, “to have and to hold from this day forward, for better and for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health.” When Mom and Dad celebrated their 40th anniversary, they renewed their vows. When the ceremony reached those stressful lines, I relaxed. No sweat. They’ve been there, done that already. They’ll be fine.

Yesterday my brother and I threw a 50th Anniversary party for our parents. With the help of our spouses, children, and several friends we celebrated in a way that filled me with bubbling laughter. What a fun night.

My son, flown in from Providence as a surprise, arrived at Mom and Dad’s door at 4:15 p.m. to chauffeur them to the party. Mom just stood speechless for the first twenty seconds trying to wrap her mind around the fact that her grandson, dressed in his chef’s coat, was her driver. Her little dog Missy was jumping all over Chris’ legs. Dad decided he should emerge from the TV room to discover the cause for all the clatter. Hey, that’s Chris!

The rest of the family heard the story when Mom and Dad finally arrived at my brother’s house, guests filling the family room and patio dressed for a night of dinner and dancing. I love it when a plan comes together. Mom and Dad were pleasantly surprised. Mission accomplished.

Mom Dad 50th

A friend from church catered the buffet dinner. Chris exercised his culinary education with a dish of grilled anise, onions, and peppers. Dessert offered a choice of butter cake with cheek-puckering lemon curd filling, butter cake with raspberry filling, or chocolate cake with rich, mouth-watering chocolate icing. A colleague created these delicacies, as delicious to the eyes as to the mouth. Have I only described my son’s dish and the dessert? My favorite parts of the meal.

We finished the evening dancing to a great mix of 50’s dance tunes, carefully collected by my sister-in-law. Friends from Jacksonville and Orlando gathered in the family room to swing and twirl the night away.

Months of planning culminated in laughter and sharing among friends and family. A memory for a lifetime.

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~ by WendyRoo on November 15, 2009.

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