Let's call this late Happy Father's Day to my Dad. Here he is with my Uncle Rick. My uncle is crazy surprised because my cousins threw a 50th wedding anniversary party and all the cousins were there from all over the U.S. This is actually my mom's side of the family - the Shutters clan.
L to R - Heather and Jen Shutters - they threw the party and are the daughters. Jen came in from Nevada. Heather lives in Quakertown PA near her folks. Then Lori (DE) peaks over Uncle Rick's shoulder (he's my mom's younger brother age 78), then my brother David (nearby in Sellersville), Gary (MA) behind Aunt Connie. Then Mark (OR), me (I'm 4 days older than Mark), and Sandy (PA) is the elder cousin. Quite a troupe. Dad is front and center - he was the oldest person there and represents my Mom. Oh it was a glorious gathering - we are fortunate - tons of laughs, no issues or family feuds. It's great to get together for a happy occasion, since we all are getting older.
Jeff and Jen, Aunt Connie and Uncle Rick, Heather and Jeff. Heather is quite the spitting image of my mother as a young girl. It's uncanny.
50 years. I attended their wedding at age 8. It was my first wedding and I thought she looked like a princess. Through thick and thin, some health issues, etc. - a good marriage.
Joanne Faries, originally from the Philadelphia area, lives in Texas with her husband Ray. She considers herself fortunate to be able to pursue a writing career after eons in the business world. Joanne enjoys reading and movies, and is the film critic for the Little Paper of San Saba.