This week we are in San Diego to celebrate Tom’s Dad’s 80th birthday. It has been years since we have been together with Tom’s extended family. His sister is here with us from Orlando, and Tom’s aunt and uncle are here from Fremont, CA. Dinner last night was the perfect time to ask a good question of the oldest among us, so I did.
“I have a question for you…what is your earliest memory?”
It didn’t take long for the stories to begin. We heard about childhood antics and fun times between the two brothers. We heard of Aunt Ginny having a crush on Uncle Robert since she was around ten years old. It was intriguing to hear their stories, their history together, but even more so to sit back and absorb the rich legacy we’ve been given.
Uncle Bob and Aunt Ginny celebrated 59 years of marriage in April. We took the opportunity to ask them what they would say to newlyweds, what would be the reason given for their successful marriage? Here’s what they had to say:
Aunt Ginny: “Well, he traveled a lot!”
Uncle Bob: “So you’re saying our success was because I wasn’t around?”
They both laughed. It’s obvious humor has played a large part in their successful marriage.
Uncle Bob: “Seriously, me going away in the war cemented our love. We were in the same church, the same youth group, and when I was drafted I asked her if she would write me.”
Aunt Ginny: “Whew, yes it was the letters. He could sure write great letters.” She fans herself as she thinks about them.
When asked about the longevity of their relationship they both agreed, “The biggest contributor to our success was the fact that we were great friends before. Our shared lives as friends laid the strong foundation for our love.”
With two boys, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, God has richly blessed their life and love. We are grateful to have had to opportunity to hear their story.
Who are the elders in your life waiting to be asked a good question?
This is Post #15 in the Ultimate Blog Challenge to post everyday in July.