My parents just stopped by to see me for a few days on their way to Phoenix where, for the second time, they are attempting to embark into retirement. They retired a couple of years ago…for about a month or two, then they went straight back into ministry.
We got to celebrate my dad's 69th birthday with all of our kids and grandkids. We selected movie clips that reminded us of him. All were about him being a man of prayer (He prays for us all every single day) except Rocky, who brought the comic relief for the night, showing a scene from "Nacho Libre" where Jack Black was trying to impress the "Sister" by contracting his buttocks in white pants and Rock said he imagines that was Grandpa – back in the day-trying to woo Grandma.
My dad reported a conversation they had recently that he felt summed up many of their conversations. It went like this:
Mom: They say if you play games like Yahtzee, it will help your memory stay sharp. Do you want to play a game?
Mom: I forgot where I put the Yahtzee game.
Mom and dad will spend a month in Phoenix asking God for His next assignment. When I write them, as always, I will attempt to find creative greetings instead of the usual "Dear mom and dad…" Some of my past favorites:
Dear Mater & Pater…Dear Mamala and Papala…Dear Mummy & Puppy…Dear Mo & Po…Dear Mama Mia and Diarhea…Dear Matriarch & Patriarch…Dear Madre & Padre…Dear Mere et Pere…
But my all-time favorite, the one that cracked me up as I wrote it and them as they read it: Dear Mammogram & Pap Smear!!!
Thanks for coming by to spend time with me, Marigold and Peony. It was wonderful! I love you!!…Jeanie
NOTE TO SELF: Thank God every day for my heritage. Honor mom and dad (this is the 5th commandment with a promise: "…that it may go well with you…"). Keep up the correspondance!
I've written about my parents before: here http://www.jeanierhoades.com/stuff-i-actually-think/ross-and-norma-do-good and here http://www.jeanierhoades.com/stuff-i-actually-think/my-parents-are-in-their-late-60s