We just spent the last two weeks traveling to the Greater Metropolitan of Minneapolis, a most fabulous city…in August. And in addition to the family farm in Earlham, Iowa, just west of Des Moines. My husband’s grandparents were celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary with a weekend of weenie roasts and ice cream socials with 250+ of their closest family + friends. For the entirety of their 70 years together, they’ve lived on and worked the same farm his grandfather grew up on. Pretty remarkable feat considering I’ve changed addresses 9 TIMES since my move to Portland in 1996.
I can’t imagine 70 years of my own company, let alone alongside the company of another. When Grandma Avis was asked what it takes to keep a love and marriage going, I overheard her response ”Well, sometimes one person has to give more than 50% and sometimes the other one has to give more. And that’s just how it goes.”
I hope I don’t have to wait another 65 years to get all the people I love into one room. I also hope I have the fortune of finding my own answers to life + love in one simple sentiment.
Thank you so much Grandma Avis + Grandpa Beryl for showing us how it’s done.
And now for my very first slideshow featuring a few of my favorites. Apologies for the load time.