Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Look Ma -- No Brain!

It was officially The Week Insomnia Ate My Brain. The perfect storm of a new fill-in gig, a weeknight concert, and preparing for my parent's 50th wedding anniversary party basically ripped the last shred of coherence outta my head, then whipped it up into a nice pate that was served with a side of insomnia.

If you are lucky enough to have your parents celebrate their 50th...well...it is an occasional well worth a party that would rival any wedding reception. And so that's what my siblings and I planned.

c. 1955


The celebration was a pseudo-surprise. My brother told our parents to save the date -- for a "couples colonoscopy" (evidence that everyone in the family has the same interesting sense of humor.) Being that my mom showed up in a full-length (non-hospital) gown, I don't think she fell for our cover story. (Plus, they completely neglected to drink the prep solution we so thoughtfully provided.)


August 16, 1958



A word of advice to anyone planning a similar affair: if you are stupid enough to decide to try and make a slideshow from 50 years of photos on a laptop that has a dangerously low amount of available memory...well...you will be up until 3 AM the night/morning before the party trying to burn a DVD, give up and wake up 3 1/2 hours later to complete the task (the burn ended up taking nearly 12 hours start to finish) and consequently will be even too tired to get drunk at the open bar when the party you've-been-working-on-for-weeks finally arrives.


1987


Despite my sobriety, the day was a complete success. Both Mom & Dad were beaming in typical bride and groom fashion, and Dad said it felt like the big wedding reception they never had.



Anyway, there's a lot of sentimental stuff I could write about how awfully great it is to be witness to a marriage that has lasted half a century...and a happy 50 years at that. How wonderful it was to have family and friends gathered together to commemorate that milestone without a single arrest (that I know of.) But I'll keep it simple here, and just say

Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!

3 Comments:

At August 24, 2008 11:26 PM, Blogger Tom said...

Your parents are easily the youngest-looking 50th anniversary couple I have ever seen. My wife and I celebrated our 25th anniversary this year and we would count ourselves as blessed to the extreme to be as beautiful and handsome as your parents are should we make it to the big 5-0. Congratulations all around.

 
At November 22, 2008 8:23 AM, Blogger Capt. Red Llewellyn said...

what a glamorous lovely couple...and thank you for sharing the pics of their lives through the years. your
"rents" rock!
~Capt. Red

 
At November 24, 2008 10:26 PM, Blogger Cyn said...

Thanks for your comments, Tom & Capt. Red --

Mom & Dad would be most pleased (especially Mom ;-) to hear your compliments. It's all testimony to taking care of yourself, good genes, and still being quite in love after 50 years.

All kinda nauseatingly perfect, if it weren't so darn sweet. We are very, very lucky to have them for parents, and it was really wonderful to be able to celebrate that milestone with them.

 

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