My parents celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary last month. They are officially midway between their Golden wedding anniversary and their Diamond wedding anniversary. I wonder if my mom knows that diamonds are the traditional gift after 60 years of marriage.
If not, she’ll be pleasantly surprised when she reads this blog post!
I told my parents that I’d like to take them out to dinner for their anniversary but that the restaurant would be a surprise. All they had to do was be ready by 5 pm. I picked them up as planned and purposely drove down back streets rarely traveled, you know, to throw them off the scent of restaurant possibilities. My dad had called me that afternoon to find out what the appropriate attire would be for dinner. “Are Wranglers okay to wear?” he asked. I smiled on the other end of the phone and replied, “That would be fine.” Little did he know that I was taking them to Cattlemen’s Restaurant.
It had been some years since we ate at Cattlemen’s. I thought it would be the perfect rustic celebratory atmosphere after 55 years of marriage, especially for ranch folks. As we pulled into the restaurant’s parking lot, my mom was overjoyed. She said, “I told your dad this morning that I’m having a steak dinner tonight, and here we are at Cattlemen’s!” She didn’t know where she was going to have dinner, but she knew that it was a night which definitely warranted a quality steak.
Our evening lived up to being as special and memorable as I’d hoped. I never take one day for granted that both of my parents are still alive and going strong. Every day is a blessed gift. I pray for many more years of health and happiness for them and have faith that I will be here sharing photos of their 60th Diamond wedding anniversary with you in five years. Now that my mom knows about those diamonds, you better believe she’s got that date circled on the calendar!