Friday, August 22, 2014

"63"

Happy 63rd Anniversary to my Grandparents !!!
" Marriage is the most natural state of man , and....the state in which
you will find solid happiness . " Benjamin Franklin
 
I cannot even begin to fathom 63 years . I can't imagine where I'll be or what I'll be doing when I am 63 . I can NOT imagine the commitment it takes to be married to someone for 63 years . Let ' s be real , I can ' t imagine the commitment it takes to be married to someone for 1 year . My mind simply can't handle the idea of forever . Maybe it's just my mind ?! But I struggle with the idea of anything forever , much less the idea of marriage . Even if I got married tomorrow there is a chance I would be married for over half of my life . THAT IS HARD TO IMAGINE !!! And I am a very imaginative gal ! Anyway , back to the couple , for the 60th anniversary the traditional gift is yellow diamond . You know ,  how every year is something different like paper , flower , silver , etc . My research shows that there isn't a specific gift for 63 because everything after 60 is kinda the icing on the cake.....no pun intended toward a wedding cake reference . From what I saw every year after 60 includes a diamond as part of the modern traditional gift . Some years don ' t have a " traditional gift " just a " modern gift " . Needless to say I will not be getting my gparents anything diamond or yellow diamond for their anniversary . I mean......I don't have a coupon for that .
Papaw in his early years in the US Navy .
Location : England
" My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me . " Winston Churchill
My Gparents 3 children .
In 63 years of marriage , just a few amazing accomplishments are 20 years of service in the US Navy , 3 children , 1 grandchild ( yes , I am an only child and an only grandchild . I'm sure that answers a lot of questions for you concerning my level of spoiled....it's NOT even my fault !!! ) and one great - grand dog . They totally count Jack Davis as apart of the family . If you know them even a little bit you understand this not an exaggeration on any level . They moved more times than I can count , ya know , military life and eventually settled back in their home town . I have written several posts recounting stories from Mamaw and Papaw and the lives they've lived . Stories about their love for one another and for their family .

“ You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because
 reality is finally better than your dreams . ”   ― Dr. Seuss
 
 
I don't know that I have one specific story to tell you today so much as I just wanna list some fun facts about Mamaw and Papaw.....

1 . My G'parents met when Mamaw was sweeping the yard....yeah , sweeping THE YARD !! While sweeping the yard Papaw drove by , saw her and found his way to an introduction via one of Mamaw's siblings .

2 . The doctors swore up and down that I was going to be a boy ( hi , my name is Chad ) . So , Mom did not have a name ready for a girl . On the fly Mamaw decided my first name , Stacie . No offense to any Chad 's , but I much prefer this name . 

3 . Papaw took my Great Aunt Pat , one of Mamaw's baby sisters (Mamaw is 1 of 11 ) to her first day of school . Apparently she had a crush on papaw and I am guessing he was the only one who could talk her into even considering going to school . Story goes she went kicking and screaming , forgot her pencil and Papaw had to come back to give it to her......I'm wondering if that was premeditated ?!

4 . My grandparents introduced my Great Aunt Peggy to her husband , my Great Uncle Dwayne on a summer vacation when Aunt Peg came to spend the summer with them in California .

There are many , many stories to tell and I am sure I will share more in the future . For now I am going to close with the idea of , you just never know where your " someone " could be found . Be focused on being you and the tasks you have in front of you . I mean , I highly doubt Mamaw thought she would meet her life long bestie while sweeping the yard and I doubt that as Papaw left for a drive that day he thought he would cross the path of his future bride . Ya just never know ! They could be sweeping the yard or even a friend of the family . For those of you praying towards am eventual 63rd anniversary know that I am praying nothing less than God's best for you . Let Mamaw and Papaw be an inspiration that it is possible !

“ I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough . ”
Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook    


Happy My Gparetns 63rd Anniversary !!
Yes , this gives you permission to eat cake . 

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