Off Topic, A celebration
I’m ditching the blog topic today in lieu of a celebration. Today, my parents, Catherine & Alphonse Castellana celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
Amazing isn’t it?
My parents are soul mates. They dearly love each other and we saw it every day growing up, and still do. I look back and see a great childhood. Mom says she wished she’d done more with us, more playing and I tell her, my fondest memories are of us feeding old bread to the ducks in a pond and having a picnic. Or reading stories to us while we had lunch.
I remember clearly at 13, seeing my parents before the Marine Corps ball. My father was impressive in his formal dress uniform, and my mom wore a sleek black velvet gown with a slit up the side. Her hair was swept up and showed off the sparkling band collar of the gown. Sleeveless, it was like the cover of a magazine. It was the first time I saw my mom as a women, her beauty and poise that now, reminds me of Audrey Hepburn. Mom is an avid reader and loves mysteries. Books were always in our house and loving the written word is something we share.
I get my creativity from my father. He’s an artist and all while he was a Marine, he made things. He made pixies for me when I was five. He’s a master sculptor now and his work fills their church in the Stations of the Cross.
My dad understands that mom can’t relax completely in her own house. Mom ‘has her apron on’ as Dad says. So he takes her away from it on little vacations to her favorite spot, a seaside inn. They understand each other and are always considerate. We never saw them argue or share a cross word. Respect for the other was felt. They were tough and strict but I’m grateful for that. I can honestly say, I was raised right.
So on their special day, Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad.
I love you.