|(Freedom Park-butterfly bench)|
They had a beautiful afternoon church service that involved husband and wife speaking and then their three children stood and spoke about their parents' love and respect for each other. It was a perfect tribute to this couple. It was wonderful for me to visit with family and friends; some that I hadn't seen for years. 50 years of blissful marriage is something to celebrate and I was so happy that I could road trip to Prescott, Wisconsin for their event.
Oliver; The Musical opened the same weekend of which both my husband and Groovy Girl are involved with so I had to go solo. I don't mind except road trips generally mean reading and napping in the car for me. Not so this time~I had to stay alert and drive. Makes me remember to appreciate my husband's willingness to drive me other times; like this Wed. when we head back to the Twin Cities for a play at the Guthrie.
|(The St. Croix River)|
Here's what he gathered from his parents and passed back to us:
Erik said he'd learned three skills from each of his parents and shared short quips about each one of them to us. I'm going to share them out to you without the quips.
From his mother, Marcia, he learned:
1. Show up; you've got to at least show up, being there is half the battle.
2. Look for opportunities; doors close, others open in a new direction.
3. Stay positive and interested. (He talked about her amazing ability to engage others easily in conversation which showed him later how to cross-examine-he's a lawyer.)
From his father, Marv, he learned:
1. A do-it-yourself attitude; after all "how hard could it be?" Marv tried to build a boat using my dad's boat as an actual model. Need I say more.
2. Be Flexible; don't worry about the small things.
3. Intellectual Curiousity is a way of life.
And from both:
1. Mutual respect
2. Be optimistic.
3. Don't be afraid to fail; the power to embrace failure is the key to success.
All great advice, right! It is wonderful to have such love spread back to you from your children. I'll be well in to my eighties if I ever am to celebrate 50 years of wedded bliss but it will be worth it to see what my children have to say!
A little lending library at the park was my favorite site. I want one now out front. You can see me reflected back in the glass instead of the books but it was filled with a wide variety of books.