Neither Tony or I have any parents left, but our friend's parents have allowed us to become part of their family. Today we got to go to a 60th anniversary party for our friends Bill and Lorraine.
The wonderful party, was given by their children, but you could tell there was a lot of assistance from the extended family members. Even the grandchildren and their spouses had a role.
When we RSVP'd to their daughter Christi, we were asked to write down memories that we wanted to share with the happy couple. These were compiled into a book that was on display along with their wedding pictures; there was also a PowerPoint presentation (made by their daughter Lynne and son Bill) that showed the family growing through the years.
Before the dinner started, their son-in-law Mike read a benediction that was actually a set of wedding vows; they really touched me. While we were having dessert, their daughter Sally acted as a mistress of ceremony and had different family members read some of the memory letters from the book. The presentation was capped off with a song by all of their children, spouses, and grandchildren.
I can't believe what a milestone anniversary that is...I hope that one day Tony and I can do the same thing with our family and friends.