The weather has been wonderful the past couple of days. Let's hope that it stays that way for all of my celebrations over the weekend and of course for anyone that is celebrating a wedding, birthday or just having a picnic down by the lake. There is nothing nicer then to be out in the open and feeling alive! Not that we don't whilst we are inside but over the winter months we don't feel like getting out & about because it's too wet, cold & miserable. Make hast whilst the sun shines! That's what I say.
I was privileged to be invited to a 50th anniversary dinner last Monday night. The couple are on my bingo table and are always together and the past years have been spending most of their time going on cruises together. John will be celebrating his 70th birthday in December so together with his family and friends will be having another wonderful night.
I wrote something for John & Norma which was very appropriate for them and I read it out that evening. I would like to share it with you now.
Fifty years together is a mountain
Congratulations John & Norma you’ve made it together through five decades, umpteenth thousand days, but well whose counting (18250) & in minutes (26,280,000)
Fifty years together is a mountain in which many of us would not wish to climb.
Each year your journey together has been represented by a different named anniversary.
The first represented Paper, the 7th year was Wool, and the13th year was Lace. Your 20th year represented China, your 21st was Brass, your 27th Sculpture and your 29th wedding anniversary represented New Furniture.
Your 39th was lace (again) but I am going to change it to BINGO!
Your 41st was land & your 42nd was real estate.
I think John & Norma are still celebrating their 43rd Anniversary as this year represents Travel!
Your 46th anniversary represents Poetry and your 50th Anniversary as we all know represents “GOLD”!
Back in the day, way back in the day in Medieval Germany a husband would crown his wife in either Silver for their 25th Wedding Anniversary or on their 50th he would crown her in a Gold wreath. This symbolises harmony!
Your love and your lives together
are as a beautiful sonnet from beginning to end
sweet notes, meaningful words that mean so much as the years pass by.
A half a century of life together
and that mountain ever so high splendid in it's form,
in it's shape and close to heaven,
Splendidly unmoved by passing storms.
To quote an old Chinese proverb
An inch of time is an inch of gold but you can’t buy that inch of time with an inch of gold
John & Norma your time together is worth every inch of gold and all of us here tonight are so glad that you are able to spend some inches of time with us.
Please raise your glasses and toast the couple that have climbed a mountain together
Happy 50th Anniversary kids!
John and Norma loved the special reading I did for them and now proudly have it in a frame for all to see. I was happy to be able to a part of their celebration and hopefully will be able to do something for their 60th Anniversary!
Glenda Davison CMC JP