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Topic: Anniversary (04/11/05)
TITLE: The Anniversary (i)
By Sonja Stotts
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Everyone was there, all 3 of my brothers, and all 3 of my sisters, their husbands and wives, grandchildren and great grandchildren, long time friends and distance relatives. All were present to celebrate this happy occasion. The women were dressed in long flowing ball gowns that sparkled in the twinkling lights. Reds, green, blues, silks and satins, hair piled high and some hanging long. They looked like works of art as they glided across the room on the arm of stately, tuxedo-clad men. Dad and Momís table was stationed in the center of the room, elevated a little so everyone could share their joy, as they celebrated fifty years of marriage. Mom wore a gown of royal blue with tiny beads of gold. She truly looked like the grand lady that she is. My Dad was tall and handsome as he stood to make a speech. His suite fit perfectly, black on white, not a wrinkle to be found. Every one was smiling as they started off the dancing with a slow waltz soon. Others soon joined in laughing and smiling, sailing around the smooth dance floor.
The party went most of the night with singing, dancing, feasting, speeches of appreciation and thanksgiving. It was a party fit for a King and Queen. There is a time for everything and last night was truly a time to celebrate and remember times gone by.
It was a wonderful time; I can still see it clearly in my mind. I can hear the joyful voices as they spoke their congratulations and recalled past times of joy to these two wonderful people. I can see the happy, glowing faces and smell the flowers and food. Maybe someday it will really happen. But for now, it is just a dream-made up in my mind as I lay in my bed last night. I wish Dad and Mom could have seen it as I did. It was such a wonderful event. The truth is I donít even know what they did to celebrate this milestone in life, because I forgot to call and wish them the best. The day went by quietly like any other day, not many people knew that this was a very special day to think of the past and look forward to the future.
Sleep evaded me and I thought of the people I would have invited if Iíd had a party for my parents. My three brothers and three sisters now scattered across the globe. I have not seen or heard from any of them for years. You see we are all separated by past misunderstandings. It seems we slowly chipped away at each other until there was nothing left of what was once a family. I wondered if deep hurts could ever be healed, if a broken family can be brought back together? I believe that it can happen through the one who can forgive our sins and heal the past. Before I feel asleep that night I prayed for each and every one of them as I do almost every night. I put my faith in Jesus to make us a family once again. Then I fell asleep with the peace Only God can give
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