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The 40th anniversay party
As you may know, my children gave us a dinner party last Saturday night in Nashville for our 40th. (it is really the 10th, but that was the only time they could all get together) It was really nice. All 4 children were there with their children, except for my oldest son's children, they are to small. But, the newest little John Patrick, 5 weeks, was there in his little bucket seat because he is a nursing baby. We had the party at the Palms downtown Nashville. It was the most expensive restaurant that I have ever been to and the food was extroardinary. Larry's 83 year old mother was put off by the prices; but when she was assured that she didn't have to pay, she was also a happy camper. The whole weekend was terribly expensive for the children, luxury hotel included and valet service to and from the restaurant. Hubby was concerned about their cost and wanted to re-imburse them, but I reminded him that we had paid for their educations and the start of all of their marriages and they owed us. One of my grandson's brought his new fiance and announced their upcoming marriage next January. And the most suprising thing was that my oldest son announced that he was finally moving out of the guest house and getting his own place in another town. I think he thought I would be disappointed and cry, but I told him it was about time! Course I will miss the four grandchildren when he leaves. We will be having a second empty nest period for a while. (my vet once told me that children are waiting longer to leave home and then they come home again with pups. Patrick did that to us.)
Larry--my husband--gave a wonderful speech about out life and how much he loved me, called me his bride. Everyone cried--I tried not to. He told them about that young girl he first saw walking across the campus with a mini skirt on. I told them about that young man that had just come home from Vietnam with his jungle fatigues and how sexy he was. Of course they couldn't imagine those two young people, but I still see them in my minds eye.
My mother-in-law gave me a 40th anniversary china plate. I told her that if we made it to 50, she had to be there with us. It was a wonderful weekend, times changing, somegetting married, some moving out, life changing once again. Soon it will just be me and Llarry, Rosie and Josie Wales. Two old farts with their animals. But it has been a hellva ride and I would do it again. To long of a post I know, just wanted to share.