It has been documented a number of times in this blog about how much Chris loved his Grandma and Grandpa (and of course Grandma Medema as well!!)
When Grandma and Grandpa Friesen (my Mom and Dad) had their 50th Wedding Anniversary 5 years ago this summer it was a great time. Chris was 12 and didn’t want to have anything to do with the public speaking part of the event. I remember talking with him and telling him he was going to be the logistics man in the church gym and hit the lights on and off when needed etc. He took his responsibility very seriously and it was a great honour for his Grandma and Grandpa.
Today, September 29, 2010, marks exactly 55 years of marriage for Mom and Dad!
They were going to celebrate with a trip to Vancouver Island, biking some of the Galloping Goose trail and taking in the ocean. Instead they got a hospital room, a couple of unexpected surgeries and some chemo treatment thrown in for good measure! (yes, don’t worry…we talk quite openly about this stuff)
I’m sure they have their down times, but they are a brilliant example to me, my sisters, our spouses, entire extended family and beyond about how to be gracious and even thankful during a time of radical life change for them.
Mom and Dad, you continue to provide us with a fantastic example of what true love is all about and we honour you both for that.
Dad told me that he now looks forward to breakfast like never before since leaving the hospital. I told him he should marry the cook. He did…a short 55 years go.
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!
From all of us…and yes, that includes someone special looking down on you tonight too.