Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Celebrating 60 years of marriage

Today would have been the 60th wedding anniverary of Ray and Shirley Cluxton, my in-laws.  Mom was 18, Dad was 21 when they got married.  Rather unexpectedly, Dad passed away on April 12.  Plans were in the works for the celebration of their 60th.  It seems fitting to talk about their love today.  Mom recently showed us a note he had written her on March 19, their first date anniversary.  He was a romantic - even at 60 years!  He told her of his love for her and talked about that first date.  At 81, he was still pampering Mom and treating her like a princess.  I have talked about this before on the blog, but on Valentine's Day this year, Mom spelled "I Love You" in his Cheerios for breakfast.  We hardly ever heard a cross word between them - not that they were perfect, just didn't let things get to them.  Their love and respect for one another was evident to all - and we all are better for having their example of marriage to model. 

Today as I think of Mom and Dad's anniversary, it makes me want to try harder to think of my mate and his needs - to go the extra mile to let him know how special he is - and to not take him for granted.  Wouldn't marriages across the country be better for that example?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

My darlings

Mimi and Poppy are home from a weeklong vacation with our daughters, sons-in-law, and 5 grandchildren. Boy, are we tired! But what great fun we had. There is nothing like waking up in the morning to your own fan club yelling, "Mimi! Poppy!", and all you did was get out of bed!

Mimi and Poppy went to Savannah for a day trip mid week.  I always marvel at how much I missed seeing on the last trip!  Savannah is a charm-filled, romantic city filled with history, architectural delights, gorgeous beds of flowers - oh, and good food!  We ate lunch at Mrs. Wilke's Boading House.  We pulled up to see a line had already begun an hour before lunch was to start being served.  As Poppy held our place in line, I went to sit on a concrete bench and wait.  The next 45 minutes passed so quickly - my bench partner turned out to be a blogger and we soon discovered we followed some of the same blogs.  As it turns out, I had followed her blog through another blogger.  Small world!  I gained a new friend in the blogging world and in person during that Savannah trip!  Kim is a talented decorator, photographer, and blogger.  Here is a link to her pictures of Savannah - they are breathtaking and could easily be used in a Chamber of Commerce pamphlet to entice visitors to Savannah!  Hope you enjoy her site!    Daisy Cottage