Friday, November 13, 2015

Celebrate the differences..



I'm feeling a little sentimental, it would have been my Dad's birthday today and we miss him! Do we ever stop needing our parents when times are sad. Although they both grew up in the same village in Scotland my parents couldn't have been more different if they tried. Mum had a very strong faith, I don't think Dad did, certainly he didn't when he came back from the horrors of WW11. Dad was over 6ft, Mum a petit 5ft. Dad liked a beer, or two or three :) Mum was teetotal. When they married after the war there was a ten year age difference. They were married for over sixty years and the only consolation when Mum passed was that hopefully they would be reunited again. The point I'm hopefully making is that with so many differences they were very happy, how wonderful it would be if we could all celebrate and enjoy our differences. Happy Friday, take care and stay safe.. p.s. pretty good looking pair right :)

39 comments:

  1. Nice bit of family story here. My parents also came from the same village, and my dad was 10 years older than my mother. Great that they got 60 years together.

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  2. Lovely tribute to your parents, Grace. I agree with you, pretty looking pair.

    "...how wonderful it would be if we could all celebrate and enjoy our differences"... Ditto!

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  3. That is a beautiful tribute to your lovely parents!

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  4. Oh, a beautiful tribute it is indeed, Grace!!! Such a great looking couple!! Thank you so much for sharing!! Celebrate today for them and I know you are doing just that!! Sending you a big hug!!

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  5. Lovely words for your beloved parents. Sending you hugs and smiles!

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  6. What a wonderful story... and because of you, it's not over.

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  7. Beautiful couple who had a beautiful bairn named Grace...

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  8. Only good-looking parents could produce a pretty lady like you Grace. I love old family photos. Sometimes the phrase "opposites attract" is really true!

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  9. geweldig als je zo trots op je ouders kan zijn.

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  10. Yes, very good looking and, since I know your daughter is too, I can only assume that you are also. ;)) How fabulous that they were married for so many years!

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  11. My parents have been married 68 years and are still living in the family house and they are totally unlike each other! I'm not surprised your parents are so good looking judging by your wee profile pic and the pics we see of Aimee!

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  12. Lovely shots of your parents. My dad was a lot older than my mom. They have both pass now.

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  13. Good looks got handed down in your family, obviously. I suppose I'm glad I miss my parents, shows that family life was positive and they were good people. I'm glad yours were too. Sending hugs. xx

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  14. Different, but happy together ... that's all that matters Grace. And yes I agree ... a very good-looking couple

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  15. They are a fantastic pair. You are Blessed to have two such loving parents. Lovely post, Grace.

    After reading your comment yesterday, you inadvertently made me realize that I put a family birthday on my post yesterday instead of the 14th. My mistake which I have put right. Thank you!

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  16. A very powerful example of what we should all do all of the time. Celebrate the differences. Life would be so boring if we all were the same. Wonderful photos of your parents and a truly beautiful post.

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  17. Savoring the differences in people, yes.

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  18. A lovely couple. It is interesting how some people can be so different and yet form a happy partnership.

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  19. Lucky you!
    I enjoy your differences.

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  20. Very touching Grace, very touching, how lucky they were to have sixty years together...

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  21. Sixty years, quite a mark to reach. No, we don't stop missing them.

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  22. A wonderful tribute to your parents. I think people today, don't try to work through their differences and actually try to appreciate them. Your parents are a great example.

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  23. Thank You for sharing your wonderful family






    ALOHA, Friend
    ComfortSpiral

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  24. It was certainly a privilege to know and love them, Gracie. xx

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  25. Ah, a sweet, nostalgic tribute to good looking (yes!) parents whom you miss and who made a great impression on you!

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  26. Good looks sure do get passed down in your family! Have a safe & great day (even if it is a bit hot!) take care.

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  27. They make a gorgeous couple.

    My father was Irish Catholic. Mother was Polish Catholic. She was devout. He was a skeptic. He grew up in a large family on a fruit orchard in New Jersey and eventually made a career on Wall Street. She was born in the coal fields of Pennsylvania. Both of her parents died within a few days of her birth in the 1918 flu pandemic. She was raised by a much older brother in the working class side of Southampton, Long Island. They both got jobs in Manhattan and met during World War II (he was terribly nearsighted and relegated to the reserves). And now here I am in the Midwest. It's an American story.

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  28. Nope - never stop. Sixty years, how wonderful. And a great example of differences not meaning a hoot. And what a good looking couple!
    My in laws are another good example. My husband's mother was an Israeli Jew, and my husband's father was from Iraq. They quarrelled and loved passionately until they both passed away a few years ago.

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  29. Lovely tribute to your parents Grace. You look a lot like your Mom.
    Married for 60 years is quite a feat specially in today's marriages!

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  30. Lovely photos of your parents, Grace, and a very touching post !

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  31. My wife of 47 years and I are different in many ways, but share much in common. A good thing!

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  32. You take a lot after your Mum, Grace :-)
    No, reckon we´ll always miss them, especially on days like these. And as long as we think of them they´re still around, no? And such beautiful pics!
    60 years, yay for differences, it seems to work well!
    Haha, just look at Ingo and me!

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  33. A lovely and poignant post- the attractive family appearance clearly lives on Grace ;-)

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  34. This is such a beautiful post, Grace. Obviously, your parents were special and very special to you and I agree that we never stop missing them. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. We never stop missing our parents, Grace. My dad's been gone 24 years now, Mom 17 years. I think about both of them every day. Like your parents, mine were also very different. Dad was 16 years older than Mom and came from a deeply troubled childhood. Mom was from a big, happy, blended family. Dad was quiet (except with those he knew well), prone to moodiness. Mom was cheerful, optimistic, very outgoing.

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  36. Such a lovely post. These photos of your parents look like stills from a romantic old movie.

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  37. Lovely post. Keeping our loved ones memories alive is great way to enjoy them.

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