Gigi's 50th Anniversary details to share

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Gigi's 50th Anniversary details to share
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Mon, 04-25-2005 - 11:20pm


My wife and I decided from the beginning that this celebration would be for just our immediate family. The actual renewal of the vows took place after the 5:00 PM Mass which we usually attend every Saturday. My son was there with his wife and 3 children, my oldest daughter and her husband and two children were there from Washington, DC., My second oldest daughter was there from Connecticut with her three daughters (she is a widow), my youngest daughter who is developmentally disabled was there (she lives nearby in a condo with 2 other ladies and functions quite well and has more friends in town than I do.) and my brother-in-law and his wife. I originally met my future wife because her brother was a sailing buddy who brought me to his house regularly.

After the parishioners left the church, the priest, who is an old and dear friend of mine, had us go to the altar area with all the family members around us in a semi circle. The ceremony was from the Book of Blessings for the Church. He read the renewal of the vows to us and had my oldest daughter, my second oldest daughter and my son read separate readings. Oldest daughter read from St. Paul to the Corinthians, second daughter read 3 verses of a Responsorial Psalm, and my son read the Prayer of the Faithful. I, naturally, had on a business suit and my wife wore a beautiful blue dress, and all the family were dressed in their best finery.

At the end of the ceremony, my wife surprised me by reading a prepared note which she had written which I have her permission to quote for all of you, since it touched me so deeply:

"We wish to thank God for granting us the wisdom to make the most important, and best decision of our lives.

He has allowed us so many wonderful years, and we hope to have several more years to share with our wonderful family who brings us so much joy.

I thank my brother, Donald, for bringing his friend, George, to our home. That was the beginning of our relationship over 55 years ago.

George, you have truly been my soul-mate, my rock, and my best friend. We share decisions, laughter, kindness, and a deep respect for each other. These are the qualities and joys that we wish for our children and grandchildren---to be able to share these attributes with someone very special in their lives.

If possible, George, I love you more today than when we first said 'I do' to each other 50 years ago, and thank you for the many meaningful and wonderful years we have shared.

I knew life with you would be interesting, but I never guessed how involved you would become in so many causes.

We are deeply overjoyed that our whole family is together today to make this day so very special, and a special thank you to Monsignor ------- for such a lovely and meaningful service."

Then the children wanted me to say something. I was unprepared, but said that “these past 50 years proved that my decision 50 years ago to choose your mother was the correct decision.”

Loads of pictures were taken during the ceremony which we will always treasure. After the ceremony there was a 1 1/2 hour wait until our family dinner at a very posh restaurant, so we returned to our house where new surprises awaited us.

My son had brought a very unusual hors d’oeuvre bouquet made up of chocolate covered fruit on long wooden spikes. We also had cheese bits to munch on and wine. Then the children told us to go into the family room and proceeded to put a DVD video into my DVD player. My wife and I were surprised with a 30 minute, professionally produced DVD made up of hundreds of photos, mostly taken by my wife over these many years. There were pictures of my wife from very young childhood to the present, photos of me from childhood to the present as well as photos of each of my children from birth to the present. The last section was of the 8 grandchildren in their various stages of development. All of this was with accompanied by romantic 1950’s music. The photos were not just shown, but they moved and gradually disappeared as others came up from nothing to full sized. It is amazing what video specialists can do with plain photographs. The DVD case had my wife and I on the cover with our names, April 23, 1955 and April 23, 2005 as well as 50 th Wedding Anniversary. My wife and I were given the DVD and each of our children have their own DVD. Next came our last surprise when we were presented with a professional photograph of all 8 grandchildren, 21 inches x 24 inches which was beautifully framed and now is on our family room wall. The photograph was taken in Roger Williams Park in Providence. Last August, when they were all at our home, we knew that something was up when all of them disappeared for an afternoon. Now we know that they all went to meet the photographer.

It soon was time for the caravan of 5 cars to proceed to the restaurant where all of us and the Monsignor were to dine together in a separate dining room. Each of us could make our own selection from their menu. My oldest daughter who was opposite me at the dinner noted that this entire anniversary was a very great learning experience for all 8 of our grandchildren. My wife and I heartily agree. My wife and I think that the day turned out to be more wonderful than we had ever hoped.

This morning we got up late, and I said to my wife, “we are married now for 2 days and we haven’t consummated the marriage yet.” She laughed and said, “Oh, I have my period!” Then we both laughed and consummated our new marriage.

I hope that these ‘details’ have not bored you all to death, but some of you might be interested in the details. I hope that you can appreciate how surprised and pleased that we were over this wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime celebration. My posts are usually short and to the point, but this one had to be a bit longer.


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Tue, 04-26-2005 - 6:15am

Not boring at all GIGI very sweet. You and your wife are very luckly. God grant you many more years of happiness.

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Tue, 04-26-2005 - 8:44am

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Tue, 04-26-2005 - 10:10am
Thank you, Tish, Your wonderful words and thoughts really mean a lot to me. I am a fan of yours and also love to read your informative posts.
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Tue, 04-26-2005 - 10:36am
How wonderful!
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Tue, 04-26-2005 - 12:27pm

That was the coolest thing I have ever read since posting on Ivillage!

-Pam

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Tue, 04-26-2005 - 3:32pm
Pam, that was a truly wonderful, heart-warming post. My wife just came home and I had to read it to her. You have made my day. Thanks.
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Tue, 04-26-2005 - 7:29pm

OMG!!! Gigi!! bored....No Way!!! Im crying over the love I can see in your post!! WOW!!


I thought about you this pass saturday as We were traveling...I knew you were having a great party and even greater time with those you love.


This post is going down as the BEST POST on SMS!!


We can all learn from you and your wife!! That life gives you what you look for and want you just have to make it

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Wed, 04-27-2005 - 9:32am

Congratulations on such a milestone! I personally thought your post was beautiful and what we should all be working towards.

God Bless,

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Fri, 04-29-2005 - 9:43pm
Iluvmyretsailor, I appreciate the fact that you enjoyed my tale of what happened on this eventful day in our lives.