I'm beyond excited to be heading off to the UK very soon to celebrate the 65th wedding anniversary of the bestest parents in the world! Ok, so my sisters and I are biased! As it will be the first time in SIX years that all six sisters will be reunited with our parents, it's going to be one heck of a celebration!
THE OLD STORY OF THE MECHANIC
You know what they say about the mechanic driving the worst car....well. I was going to make my parents a book for their 60th wedding anniversary. It was going to be epic, just like our family trip to a mansion in Scotland where the celebrations took place. I was recently reminded of this unfulfilled task when I came across all the collected bits and pieces in a box tucked away in a corner in my studio.
LET HISTORY NOT REPEAT ITSELF
So this time, determined not to let history repeat itself I decided it was a better idea to create the book before I left New Zealand and take it with me. This, I realised, took the heat off me to fill it with memories and photographs of the wedding anniversary shenanigans. Because, that's what they'll be knowing my parents and our massive family. If it’s one thing I can guarantee about our family gatherings, there'll be the funniest-couldn’t-make-it-up incidents occurring on a fairly regular basis.
Armed with instant cameras, washi tape and yummy pens, I'll let my family do the work on the insides and we can all enjoy watching the adventures unfold and be creatively recorded for us all to look back on.
Here's a little peek at the book which I'm really loving working on....
A WEE WORD ABOUT MY PARENTS
When it was approaching their 60th wedding anniversary, mum bumped into someone she’d known for years while out shopping. She asked this woman what her and her husband were going to be doing for their 60th wedding anniversary, which was around the same time as her and dad’s. Apparently the woman said in a monotone type voice:
"Oh well it’s in the week so we’ll wait until the weekend and Bob (not his real name) and I will probably just go out for dinner".
There was a pause, before she said (out of politeness) “Why, what are you and John doing for yours?” In an equally nonchalant voice my mum said, “Oh John and I are going on holiday to Scotland to stay in a huge mansion with 50 family members. We’re going to have a fancy dress party and John and I will dress up as hippies.”
So they did and here’s the proof.
THERE'S LOTS I COULD SAY ABOUT WHAT I'VE LEARNT FROM MY PARENTS
Here's my number one lesson from them: To be kind, generous and help people where you can. Be compassionate and understanding as you don’t always know what kind of challenges a person’s going through
As they’re not huge fans of social media I’m limited as to what I can post.
So here’s a little glimpse of my parents, nearly 65 years married. Taken on my last trip back to the UK. Walking home from bingo and making each other laugh.
Happy Anniversary my gorgeous parents - this eagle is heading home……. xxxx