You may (or may not) remember a few months back, when I put together a beautiful hardback, bound book of my Grandparents’ life together since their marriage 60 years ago?
We had our family surprise party for them at the end of December. They were both SO surprised. All five of their children were there, plus a lot (but not all) of their grandchildren.
They had been blessed in Mass the week before and thought that was the most their wedding anniversary was going to be acknowledged, I think. Well…. let me tell you….
Nani & Grandad were presented with letters, certificates and honours from all over the world! Letters from their local member, state member, federal member, Premier Beattie (who sent a copy of his book – that’ll feed the fire), Lord Mayor Campbell, Gov of Brisbane, Gov of Australia, Prime Minister Howard and even Queen Elizabeth II!!!
My Grandad isn’t much of an emotional man. If he loves you, he tells you. If he is proud, he says, “I’m proud of you.” That is about the length of how emotional he gets…. usually. This day, he was crying like you wouldn’t believe! For a usually very composed man, this was amazing. Just looking at him, was making Nan cry, then I was crying too. It was all very amazing.
After all of that, I gave them the book. OMGosh, they love it!! They sat there reading through it and looking at everything. It was 118 pages of photos, stories, anicdotes, etc. from everyone in the family. I was so ecstatic that they love it so much.
(Here it is again, in case you missed it.) I’ve been told it has been read many, many times in the past couple of months. I’m glad to do anything that makes them so happy. They are very special people!