This is the poem that Gina wrote and our three
daughters read at our surprise 25th Silver Wedding Anniversary Party on June 5, 1998. Our
actual anniversary was the next day, which arrived while we were still at the Double Tree
We want to thank everyone for coming and for helping keep this a surprise.
We wanted to have this party for our parents tonight to not only celebrate their 25
years together but also to celebrate and appreciate them for everything they have done for
the three of us in those 25 years. During the next month our family has a lot to
celebrate. We have our three birthdays and three graduations. Without the love and support
from our parents we would never have gotten here. We know that it has been challenging and
stressful at times but you have taught us so much and have done so much for us.
Its been twenty-five years
We want to thank you for it all
Youve calmed our fears
And never let us fall.
Youve made us who we are
And never limited who we could be
Were each following our own star
To reach our destinies.
You did what you could
To tell us how to act
Show us bad from good
And teach us the facts.
You probably thought
Wed never learn
That kids always get caught
And get what they earn.
Now were finally grown
And in our hearts know
Well never be alone
And always have somewhere to go.
You are loved by us three
With all our hearts
Together for eternity
Til death do us part.