Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Big 5-0!


The happy couple!

Tomorrow, we are celebrating my parents' 50th wedding anniversary in style ... at a dance hall in a German club in Delaware, with an oompah band, German food, German drink, and most importantly, German friends. 50 years ... that is a long time, my friends ... and, of course, it must be celebrated. I want to take a few moments to thank (praise) my parents - I've put together a list:

* Thank you so much for teaching me the important fundamentals of being a good person. You were (and still are) very influential to me - and I always think of (and live) the lessons you taught me about right and wrong - and they have served me well throughout the years. You are great role models - I couldn't have asked for any better.

* Thank you for all the work (and finances) you provided to get me through college, and to get me on my feet after college. You went above and beyond, and your love and support for me was (and still is) endless.

* The work you have helped me with (or, done on your own) to my house has been amazing - I can't thank you enough. Obviously, you didn't have to do any of it, but you never said no, and in fact, most of the time, you did the work without ever asking me. I don't know what state our house would've been in without you.

* All of the vacations you took me (us) on as a kid, all those fishing trips, trips to the Phillies or Flyers games - they were awesome and memorable to me. I know we didn't always have a lot of money, but you always made it seem like we were millionaires (not in a bad way). I can't wait to spend those special moments with my kids.

* I wish Albert could be here to celebrate along with the rest of the family. For one reason or another, he didn't consider his life important enough, even though you thought it was one of the most precious things in this entire world ... and would've done anything and everything for him ... it was never your fault that he took his own life ... it took me a long time to accept it, and to get over my anger at him ... You did everything you could for him and more. He loved you - you know that.

* Most of all, I hope you enjoy the celebration ... you have a lot of close friends and family who are excited to share this extraordinary moment with you ... we look forward to 50 more.

Thanks for everything mom and dad!

12 comments:

scargosun said...

Yea!!! That is WONDERFUL! Congrats to your Mom and Dad! Hope you all had a great time! I got little misty eyed at your list of thank yous. :)

Lisa said...

You're parents are so incredibly sweet, thoughtful, generous people .... I feel lucky to know them and get to be there for the celebration.

I really love your family. ... babs

Alaina said...

That's amazing! Congrats to your parents! I'm glad you realize how fortunate you are... there aren't many of us around that still have their parents together after so many years (mine are at 41 years).

Sunshine said...

Congrats to your parents!!! and congrats to you for realizing and thanking your parents... they are I am sure so very happy to call you their son... As parents all we ask for in life is a thank you later on for the heart aches and smiles our children gave us along the way...

El Padrino said...

your a lucky man, salute

Jeff said...

Congratulations to your parents, and glad you got to experience it.

Hopefully you make it to 50 years before Sue kills you.

Superstar said...

*sniff* *sniff*

Ok people...nothing to see here...

Cant you see Im eclempt???

*sniff* *sniff*

Tawlk amoungst yourselves here...

LOL
Congrads to the happy or not so happily married couple!!
hehehe JK
CHEERS!!!

schue said...

I got a little misty eyed myself!
What a great time! They were so happy! I had so much fun with the party prep, it's the least i could do! CONGRATS GRIEBS!

Legal Diva said...

I saw your comment on the triplets mom blog...

if you are looking for something to clean, I will oblige you by offering my house. It is in dire need- 5 kids including a set of twins will do that to you... :)

And congratulations to your parents! Very impressive.

Heff said...

My Grandparents made it to their 60th wedding anniversary. Then they died and shit...

Stevil VU said...

Very nicely said Los. Don't know your parents, but it sure seems like they did a great job with you. Only hope my kids will say the same things about my wife and I when we hit a milestone anniversary. Kudos and congrats to your parents!

-B- said...

Great stuff, Los. I want to thank your parents too for raising such a great person and a great friend. Awesome post... ahem.... got something in my eye...*sniff*.