This past weekend marked the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Jon's parents. I think in this day and age that is a pretty monumental achievement. Not just to be married for 50 years, but to actually still LOVE and enjoy the person you're married to.
I don't know if Jon and I will make it 50 years. Only because I'll be 84'ish and he'll be pushing 90. And honestly, I don't know that I want to live that long to see the what the state of the world becomes. I kind of hope I've either passed away peacefully in my sleep or been raptured by then. I guess I'm just weird that way.
Jon and his sister had a party for their parents yesterday and I have to say it was a pretty awesome time. Jon's mother has been in a nursing home for the past several months due to an extremely debilitating stroke. She is completely dependant on others for her every need and lost the ability to communicate. What she didn't lose was the ability to laugh and smile, follow conversations, and give Jon's dad 'the look' when necessary. As I made the rounds yesterday, chatting with some I know and some I don't, I made a few observations:
1. After 50 years, Jon's parents are still in love.
2. Family IS so important.
3. True friends can pick up like it was yesterday even if you haven't seen them in year.
4. People DO remember the good stuff.
5. You'll never really know about the 'good old days' unless you ask.
6. Old family photos are priceless (and kind of embarrassing).
7. The 70's and 80's were a fashion nightmare era.
8. Laughter is contagious.
9. 'Old' people can act rather silly and crazy (this is a fun thing to watch).
10. Jon loves me.
Should Jon and I make it 50 years, I sure hope the retirement home we're in allows wheelchair races. We're kind of crazy that way.