|Dad, Aunt Julie, and Marion|
Above is a picture of three people I admire. Respect. Love. They have, or will turn 80 the month of November. One happens to be my own father. He possesses all the qualities a good dad should have. If he has met you, he really likes you. And I do mean that. He reaches out to those in need. And so it goes. I've waxed on about him before, so will stop at that. The middle lady is my mother-in-law's sister. Or better put, my Aunt. She is a gem. Didn't have a very easy life at the get-go. Raised four children that are all unique and great in their own right. Has children and grandchildren that I would call friends of mine. Was a loyal wife to a husband that had character with a capital 'C'. And we miss him. But beyond all that natural stuff, she cares for her soul and for others' be it in this country or in other lands. We've witnessed it and feel deep admiration for her care on so many levels. The lovely lady on the right is someone we meet with each week. She is a walking proverb of knowledge that makes you think deeper. She readily gives advice. Is a tough German and a business woman since she lost her husband 8 years ago. She misses him. They were the Laurel and Hardy team of our city but it wasn't all fun and laughs. They cared about the stranger. And because of that, some people found peace. I could go on. But I'll leave it at that or she would be really mad at me for saying nice things.
Last Friday was our 16th anniversary. And we spent it by inviting those closest to these three wonderful people to come to our home (with a dish to pass!) and we ate, blew out candles, and enjoyed the company of loved ones. It was a surprise to 2/3 of them. And it was special. Maybe even a favorite anniversary day for us. Because our home was filled with those we admire and respect and love.