14 February 2011

Love and Loyalty Taken to the Extreme

My parents. Bob and Donna.

Recently, mom had rotator cuff surgery. Dad
had the same surgery three weeks later.
I sent this photo to my siblings
and to the grandchildren inviting them to
respond with "captions" to this funny, but not funny,
but no-getting-around-it...funny photo.

In order for the captions to be better understood and
appreciated by any 'outsiders' let me tell you a
Readers Digest version of a well known family love story.
Mom and dad have been married for 61 years.
However, they have been sweethearts since the second
grade. They have in their possession, childhood gifts they
exchanged, a few gradeschool love notes...and lots more
than a few love letters written in adulthood while
separated during dad's time spent in the mission field.

One paragraph from my father's journal:

In Ririe elementary school in year 1935, the
second-grade classroom was on the school building's
west side. The room had two doors: on its east side,
a double door connecting to the eighth grade classroom,
and on the north side an entrance door to and from the
school playground. The teacher was Mrs. Velda Lovell.

I shall never forget Mrs. Lovell or the second-grade
class. The 1935-36 school year was under way and
class for the day started when, through the outside
entrance door, Donna's mother brought in Donna
and introduced her to Mrs. Lovell and to us students.
Donna's father had come to Ririe to become its new
high school principal.

Why I recall the event in such detail I cannot
explain, except that seeing Donna that first day
ignited within me something wonderful
and unquenchable.

While Donna's mother and Mrs. Lovell talked,
arranging for Donna to join the class, the rest
of us watched and listened intently,
I more than anyone else.
From first sight, my feelings for her have
been different than ever they have been
for anyone else.

Following, are the captions submitted
by various family members for this
Valentine's Day post:

Matt (son)
1. We've made up now. But that was one
heck of a fight!

2. We should be ready for the start of the season
in April. But with the injuries and all,
The Giants are playing hardball
with our contracts.

3. We've been together 60+ years, we may
as well do this together also.

Michael (grandson)
Two love birds with wounded wings.

Rachael (granddaughter)
Once you've been together so long you really
do start to feel each other's pain.

Spencer (grandson)
I heard Chuck Norris could throw a fastball
100 mph. I THREW Chuck Norris 100 mph...
and tore my rotator cuff in the process.

Anne Marie (granddaughter)
Oh my gosh. Do they have to do
EVERYTHING together? Priceless.

Kris (son-in-law)
So I see they got the two-for-one senior
citizen's rotator cuff special. His and hers!

Ganon (grandson)
He's been following her every move
since the 2nd grade.

Ty (grandson)
GrandmandGrandpa Ali!

Chase (grandson)
Maybe paying the extra money for lessons
on HOW to snowboard wouldn't have
been such a bad idea after all...

Mark (grandson)
"Birds of a feather..."

Ellen (daughter-in-law)
Comrades in arms. Isn't this taking the
unity in marriage thing one step (arm)
too far???

Brad (grandson)
Years ago in North Carolina Grandpa took us to
Pinehurst to golf. I was probably 10 years old
at the time. Of course he let me drive him around
in the golf cart the whole round, even though he
was probably terrified. We were going down a
big hill and went around a sharp turn...I looked
over and Grandpa was hanging out of the golf cart
with one hand. Luckily, he was able to pull himself
back inside. I remember thinking he would
be mad, but he just laughed and said "you better
start driving a little slower, Brad." I just hope
that sharp turn didn't have anything to do
with Grandpa's recent surgery!

Second part of story: Matt (cousin) was driving
Uncle Rick in the other cart and they ran into a tree
and had to pay for a new golf cart. Haha.
Those were the days. Thanks, Grandpa
for the memories!!

What a great example this family has been
blessed with of what real love truly is.
~Happy Valentine's Day~


  1. Oh that was so great! I'm sitting at my desk in my room laughing out loud and I'm sure the roommates are wondering what is going on. Brad's story was so funny~ I LOVE OUR FAMILY!!!

  2. Those captions are amazing -- I mean professional quality -- and I say that as someone who has sold captions to New Yorker cartoonists, among many others. Yet the loving playfulness shines through. You're indeed a remarkable bunch!

  3. Love, love, love this post. So cute! Sorry we never got a caption in - our wit must be missing!

  4. I don't know why I'm laughing....Corey had shoulder surgery and it's no fun. Your parents just get cuter with time!

  5. What a story, I can't believe that it started that long ago. So sweet. They do look like quite a pair, so who is cooking dinner?