- by Michael!
Tomorrow is a lot of things.
For Joanie and myself, it will be the first day we wake up
in our new home. The first day we have had
a home, a place of our own, since May. No more company-apartment, no more
crashing-with-family – it’s our space, our home.
It’s also, according to the magical library of the
interwebs, the day when copper coins were first minted in Japan in 708, the day
that Portugal recognized Brazil’s independence in 1825, the day that Katrina
did most of its damage in 2005, and the day that the United Kingdom abolished
slavery in 1833.
It’s a pretty important day for a lot of people, for a lot
But perhaps the biggest reason for me personally to celebrate is that
tomorrow is my grandparents’ seventy-first anniversary.
I mean, let’s be honest. Really amazing. We live in a world
in which it’s pretty impressive for a loving relationship to hit seventy-one
months, even weeks.
But they’ve been together for…
It started with a midnight train from Georgia. Maybe not so
much the midnight part, but definitely a train – they boarded together and were married on the far end of the tracks in Florida, before Granddaddy went to boot camp, to Officer Candidate School, to
war. They had fast, fleeting weeks of being newlyweds on Army bases before he
left for England, and when he came back he could still hear bullets ringing
above his head in Dover, she could never hear “I’ll be Home for Christmas”
without weeping, but he made it, they made it.
They raised three beautiful, charming, confident daughters.
They saw the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall. They doted on their six
grandchildren. They learned how to email. They taught me how to play gin. They’ve
wept as friends and family have passed away. They showed me, and still show me,
how hospitality works.
They fight, every day, the awful war against Alzheimer’s,
that creeping thing that marches so slowly yet kills so quickly.
And in the face of it all, their lives – their love – still
shines in everything they do.
Gram and Granddaddy, I love you – and I wish you joy and
warmth in every tomorrow you have with each other.