“It can be done.” Paul reflected on our parents 50 years together noting that a life-long commitment can be achieved. There are times where our relationships require more work than others. A reality I wished I could help young married couples and soon-to-be-married couples realize. Couples don’t make 50 years with ease.
In 1986 our maternal grandparents – Big Pa and Nan – took their children to Hawaii for their 50th wedding anniversary. For years my mother has maintained that one day they too would take we three boys and our wives – her daughters and she likes to refer to them.
Last Tuesday we boarded a “big bird” and took flight to Oahu. We stayed in a hotel just off Waikiki Beach for four nights and then headed north to Turtle Bay Resort for three nights. On the evening of our last night we found a secluded spot on a beach and shared in a “renewal of vows” ceremony for Dad and Mom. Not hard to do with two pastors and a musician.
In the photo (from left to right) – Trent and Sandra, Todd and Patty, Mom and Dad, Vera and Paul. Not a bad looking crew for a bunch of semi-old people. Patty worked with the hotel florist to create some very nice leis. The florist was most helpful on a variety of matters related to our special event.
We made some grand memories. We all snorkeled with Captain Bob – no real Bob though – and then again at Shark’s Cove. We hiked to Moana Falls in pouring rain. No easy feat. We enjoyed a luau at Germaine’s. And, we felt the gravity of war and lost life at Pearl Harbor. We enjoyed music and magic from street artists. We even had our portraits drawn by one studious sketch artist. We took photos and more photos. We enjoyed the beaches.
Yes, “It Can Be Done.”