My father called me on Monday morning. “I have some news”, he said. Oh no, I thought, expecting the worst – “What? Are they good news?”I asked, holding my breath. After all, he is 82 – an age where inevitable life events have been known to happen. “G and I got married”, he said, as casually as if he had commented on a good cup of coffee. This totally random and unexpected statement made my day. The sheer surprise of it made me giggle – what wonderful news indeed!!! I had a big grin on my face for the rest of the day. In no way was this a hasty decision on their part – they have been lovers and life partners for 33 years.
I wanted some details… Where? When? Who was there? – that kind of thing… They had decided to keep it a secret from all family members and all but the closest of friends, and had taken off to an undisclosed location. The only people present where two select sets of friends. One couple are dear friends they first met in Madeira – their favorite travel destination, a trip which has been repeated many times over. The other couple were friends and fellow beekeepers. It all sounded perfect! “I guess we’re even now, then”, I said. They weren’t invited to our wedding either – nobody was. With most of his family in the Philippines, and most of mine in Sweden, my best beloved and I decided to play it easy, and eloped. Dad laughed.
This has made me smile since then, so I want to dedicate this post to them, and to many more years of happiness together. I love that they just decided it was time, and went ahead and did it. Simple, uncomplicated, and an intimate expression of love and friendship – what can be more inspiring than that? Just wonderful – I couldn’t be happier for them! So, what to post for this vignette? Besides wine, Madeira makes me think of fabulous plants, and beekeepers makes me think of…. uh… bees. Both are an instrumental part of their lives. So, for now – until I think about something more fitting to celebrate the occasion – here are a few photos of some of the happy couple’s favorite things. Live long and prosper! 🙂