Monday, January 25, 2010

Parents and memories

"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother--which is the first commandment with promise--that it may go well with you and you may enjoy long life on the earth." Ephesians 6:1-3
As I am still looking through this scrapbook, I came across the note Daddy wrote to each of us three girls (know as "the three B's", much to our chagrin as we grew up!)
He wrote this in November 1983 following the occasion of his and Mama's 50th wedding anniversary party.
"Our very Dear --Three Little B's...
You have given us cause many times to be proud of you---and maybe we don't tell you often enough what you mean to us--so--to begin with:
The 50th Anniversary Party was such a memorial event, well planned and equally well carried out. Everything was beautiful--especially you three!
Your constant care and concern for us as "the shadows lengthen" is a source of much comfort and pleasure.
Now, as we observe the passing of another year, we can look back and count the many blessings it has brought to us. To you, the passing of a year is lightly taken, but to us, it is the spending of a precious asset that dwindles to less and less---So let us make each day a "good day" and pray for their use in His plan for us.
We love you each one, dearly, and thank God He gave you to us.
Mother and Daddy"

At this point in time, Mama had been stricken with diabetes and a stroke, Daddy had heart problems and their health was not the best. They were able to stay in their home until January 1987 and Mama died April 29, was buried May 1, Daddy died May 2, and was buried May 4---all 1987. They lived happily together and died together. The doctor put on Daddy's death certificate.."broken heart"!
Us two sisters left (our middle sister died in 2002) carry on our legacy of love, memories and honoring our parents.

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