Sunday, September 02, 2007
It was my parents Sapphire wedding anniversary on Saturday 1st. For those of you not familiar with the tradition of an metal or stone signiftying and occasion; sapphire is 45 years! lol
45 years!! I suppose i cant get my head around that leangth of time. Not yet, anyway.
I wont say it was plain sailing all the time. It wasnt - I remember. But they stuck to it, and worked through it. It think it is an incredible testament to them both. And they seem to love each other now, more than ever before. :)
We had a massive family do in a hotel in Harrogate. All Mums cousins from Huddersfield came to visit (who are all getting very old now). Being from the salt-of-the-earth part of Britain brings some very dark humour from them all. The running joke is that we only ever see them at funerals; but actually theyre not wrong!
So Richard, my brother, hired a hotel suite and invited them all. It was a fantastic day. Mum loved seeing all her old cousins again. Much beer, wine, and laughter followed. And I, of course, was wheeled out to play the piano again. Just as "Aunt Jesse" used to play. Aunt Jesse was my grandmother, and an excellent pianist. All these old men and women still remember very fondly Aunt Jesse playing the piano in all the big hotels in Huddersfield and Leeds over 60 years ago when they were all still children.
Family and nostalgia. A great combination on a day like that! :)