Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary Mom And Dad!
Today my parents celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, and I can not be more proud to be their daughter. Through thick/thin, sickness/health, good times and not so good times, these two beautiful people have shown my sister, brother, and I what a true marriage is all about. Faith, the power of God, and a whole lot of Novena's said by my mother. If you ask them what the secret to a long, lasting marriage is...I believe they will tell you "we don't know!" They love and are in-love with each other, friends and partners. The story follows like this...
One Friday night in the Fall of 1962 my parents met by happenstance, at a LaGrange High School dance. My mother, new in town, knowing a few friends, attended her first high school dance at LaGrange High as a junior. After the dance, my mother was waiting outside for her dad to bring her home. My father approached and asked if she needed a ride? Of course, being a good catholic girl, she said no and proceeded to go home. That Monday morning, my dad appeared at the locker next to hers, having kicked a lower-classman out of his locker so my dad could be near my mom. Or, so he says. Her account: this boy (who was very handsome....she admitted) kept "stalking" her and trying to get her number. Whatever it was, it has lasted a lifetime and more.
I used to love to hear that story when I was a kid, dreaming of the day I would meet my future husband and have a marriage like theirs. It isn't perfect, and it has not been an easy road, but it is their love story and I am so thankful to witness the gifts God gives them on a daily basis. We are going to celebrate as a family with Mass on Saturday and then a little dancing at a Fa Do Do!