Love and Our Eightieth Birthday

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Relatives and friends from seven states and the District of Columbia gathered nearby this past weekend to celebrate Nancy's eightieth birthday (March 20) and my eightieth as well (January 21). Our daughter, Tammy and our sons, Doug and Steve, were our hosts for the occasion which was held at the Esperanza Mansion, clearly the best facility for parties and receptions in the area.

Our daughter, Tammy, who made most of the arrangements for the celebration, offered a beautiful and touching champagne toast, and our son Steve led everyone in an upbeat, happy version ofYou Are the Sunshine of our Life which told the story of our romance and our sixty-four year love affair. Then Doug presented a Power Point Program he created from various and numerous family photo albums. The program was accompanied by meaningful music from the forties when we started dating to the present day. This slide presentation was followed by comments from an old and dear friend, Don Martin.

Nancy and I were truly dumbfounded when we returned to our home following the party to find the framework of a huge pergola had been built over our patio while we were gone. That evening and the next morning this unique and beautiful gift from family and friends was completed by Steve, Ryan, Doug and Scott. In a poetic phrase, Tammy describes our new pergola as "ashelter of love representing family and friends,solid and strong to weather any storm, providing respite and calm."

We obviously learn a great deal about love from the teachings of Jesus, but lessons in love also come from our parents. Last weekend, three generations of our descendants gathered here to express their love for Nancy and me as we celebrated our eightieth birthdays. If you accept thedefinition of a Parable that “it is a short story that teaches or illustrates a moral lesson,” we sincerely hope ourdescendants will consider our sixty-four year love affair a “lesson to be learned.”

Relatives and friends from seven states and the District of Columbia gathered nearby this past weekend to celebrate Nancy's eightieth birthday (March 20) and my eightieth as well (January 21). Our daughter, Tammy and our sons, Doug and Steve, were our hosts for the occasion which was held at the Esperanza Mansion, clearly the best facility for parties and receptions in the area.

Our daughter, Tammy, who made most of the arrangements for the celebration, offered a beautiful and touching champagne toast, and our son Steve led everyone in an upbeat, happy version ofYou Are the Sunshine of our Life which told the story of our romance and our sixty-four year love affair. Then Doug presented a Power Point Program he created from various and numerous family photo albums. The program was accompanied by meaningful music from the forties when we started dating to the present day. This slide presentation was followed by comments from an old and dear friend, Don Martin.

Nancy and I were truly dumbfounded when we returned to our home following the party to find the framework of a huge pergola had been built over our patio while we were gone. That evening and the next morning this unique and beautiful gift from family and friends was completed by Steve, Ryan, Doug and Scott. In a poetic phrase, Tammy describes our new pergola as "ashelter of love representing family and friends,solid and strong to weather any storm, providing respite and calm."

We obviously learn a great deal about love from the teachings of Jesus, but lessons in love also come from our parents. Last weekend, three generations of our descendants gathered here to express their love for Nancy and me as we celebrated our eightieth birthdays. If you accept thedefinition of a Parable that “it is a short story that teaches or illustrates a moral lesson,” we sincerely hope ourdescendants will consider our sixty-four year love affair a “lesson to be learned.”