The celebration of my folks' 60th wedding annivesary this past weekend took many forms. Friday night, my immediate family, along with my cousin Tony's family from Chicago indulged in corned beef, rye bread and matzoh ball soup. Saturday night? An elegant, dazzling party with Mom and Dad's nearest and dearest.
Sunday, Mom's brother and sister-in-law invited us to The Best Brunch Ever in America - followed by viewing of photos and old movies at their abode. Everyone was struck by mom's beauty. Only the blind could miss it.
I was also fascinated, however, at how frugal and conservative with finances my parents' generation had been. Clothes were modest and one child received hand-me-downs from the older ones. Entertaining meant cooking in the backyard, with kids playing on the swing set - rather than everyone heading out for some pricey restaurant.
We saw shots (many, many shots :)) of Mom and Dad's first "big" vacation: several days in Mexico City. The vacation was quite lovely. But - it occurred after they had been together for 11 years. Today, how many couples do you know who believe they are being deprived if they don't get at least one week a year on a cruise, jaunt to Europe - or at least several days at a luxurious spa?