Today is my grandparents 60th anniversary. 60!! years!!
This year was Jeff's and my 15th, so they've been married 4 times as long as we have. Yeah, yeah, I know, they're a little older, and a lot wiser, than we are. I'm just saying...it's a long time!
They live in a 100+ year old farm house in Illinois. My grandpa has been a farmer his whole life. He's still farming at 84, although slowing down a bit now. At 84, I think he's entitled to. When I was little and loved Winnie the Pooh, he would call me Christopher Robin. He can make his ears wiggle, which as a kid would send me into fits of giggles. He reads a lot (guess that really does run in the family), is quiet (until Jeff and he get to talking), and is a lot stronger than your average 84 year old.
My grandma is the heart and hub of our family. She's the one that keeps in touch with us all, even if we don't always keep in contact with each other. She sends surprise packages in the mail when she finds something that she knows one of us will like. For my 16th birthday, she took me to get my first pair of contact lenses. She's always been the "coolest" grandma, driving a bright red mustang convertible for many, many years, until my uncle bought her a Solara convertible....but of course, still bright red. She has always been there for us, offering anything she can to help when we needed it.
They've helped me, and a lot of my family, through some tough times. And of course, they've had some very tough times themselves, and I hope that we've been able to help them through those times at least a tiny bit. Believe me, I know how lucky I am to have them. And to still have them both. I hope that my luck will hold for many, many more years.
For their 40th anniversary....hard to believe that was 20 years ago....a big group of us took a trip to Hawaii to celebrate. For their 50th....back to Hawaii. For my Grandpa's 80th birthday it was Aruba. So, Gram and Gramps, when does the trip begin?!?! All my love to you both and Happy 60th Anniversary!