Monday, September 04, 2006

happy 40th anniversary, mom and dad!

hi mom! hi dad!

i know, i know, i'm always a day late and a dollar short, but the kids had abducted the computer yesterday (playing toontown) and by the time they were done, i was too lazy. hey, at least the flowers arrived a day early, but only because the florist didn't deliver on sunday.

the point is, i wanted to say happy 40th anniversary to you... yesterday. thank you both for staying together and for showing us kids that marriage is not magically, mystically happy. happiness takes work and grit on the part of both spouses. this is a lesson that will serve all three of us kids throughout our lives.

you've been a great inspiration to me and my family. i'll commemorate your years together with the few historical photos i have in my archives... one from when you were dating (top), one from when you had a young family (what, 1980 or so?), and one from this past summer. i'm only sorry i don't have a wedding photo to pop in here.

i've rambled enough for the morning. still haven't had my coffee.

love, your daughter, melissa

p.s. happy labor day every (american) reader! and don't you canadians have labour day, too? or is that some other time of year?


Lotus Reads said...

What a lovely tribute to your parents on their 40th wedding anniversary, Melissa!
Here's hoping they had a splendid time celebrating this wonderful milestone!

*much love*

maryfran said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful tribute. You and Tommy have just what it takes to make a successful marriage!! You two are great together.

Really enjoyed the old photos. I must have been all of 17 in that first photo, and probably forced my "boyfriend" into going to the dance. Love to get dressed up, you know, girls just wanna have fun!

We were honored last night at a cocktail party at Leonardo's. All the gang was there. Champagne toasts, etc. Grandma provided wedding pictures and Jodi made a collage for them. Lots of cute cards and great appetizers. I even took the beautiful bouquet as a centerpiece on the table. Great fun!

Thank you for all your kindness and gifts. I'm so thankful for my daughter, the guys just don't do these things.

J said...

Happy Anniversary! And the party sounds like, fun, too. :) 40 years is a wonderful accomplishment. Congratulations.

Anonymous said...

So,yours are on toontown, too. :) Congratulations to your parents. Your mother looks lovely.


booklogged said...

Forty years sounds like such a long time, doesn't it? Hurray for them. What a nice looking couple your parents make. And is that a young Melissa in the picture? So very cute.

My hubby and I are coming up on 34 years and all of a suddent forty doesn't seem so far away or so old, either.

hellomelissa said...

LOTUS and J!-- thanks for the well wishes! it's nice to have friends for support.

MOM!-- you're welcome. just wish i coulda been there.

ANGELA!-- yes, we're toontownaholics. sometimes even i can't peel myself away. must finish toontask! need more laff points!

BOOKLOGGED!-- 34 years is a huge accomplishement! hey, in this day and age we feel like hot stuff for being married only 11 years!

Mr. L said...

Hello, Melissa's Parents...congratulations!
When my aunt and uncle were asked, at their 50th anniversary party, how they'd made the marriage last, they said that with five daughters they couldn't afford a divorce when they'd wanted one and when they COULD afford it they didn't want it anymore... :)

sruthi said...

ahhhhhhh how crazy!!! congratulations, that's awesome:) My grandparents recently had their 70th wedding anniversary. They're both close to 90!!

Jay said...

That first photo is great - what a dress!

Susan in Italy said...

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Neustifter (sp?) and kudos to you, Melissa, that was a really heartfelt homage to your parents.

Angela in Europe said...

This is really sweet. It is nice to hear of folks staying together. My parents have been together for a while too and their marriage is anything but glamorous! I am glad you got to experience your parents marriage and committement!