A Party of 8 / Anniversary 43

If I had been smart, 43 years ago today, I would have prayed that my marriage would be happy. I would have prayed that it be fruitful and yield us a houseful of healthy, beautiful, bright children. I would have prayed that we would live to see them have children of their own.

I didn’t. I was so young and naive and trusting, I just believed that I was walking into a new and wonderful life. I never thought about the details.

And now here I sit with all of those prayers more than answered.

This past week we took six of the oldest grandchildren on a four day cruise on the Mediterranean to celebrate their having reached the age of bar/bat mitzvah (two of them well before the event). I roomed with the three girls and my husband was with the three boys. The children were wonderful. We had only happy times with all of them. They loved exploring the ship, watching the sunset, feeling the strong headwinds while on deck one night, and eating from the buffet. Most of all they enjoyed the land excursions to Marmaris (Turkey), Kos (Greece), and Limassol (Cyprus). They loved shopping and bargaining. They loved interacting with the people on shore.

What I loved was the time to get to know them when no one had to think about preparing meals or washing dishes or cleaning up afterwards. It was just pure pleasure to be with them.

The whole crew in Marmaris

The whole crew in Marmaris

Grandparents: Don’t miss an opportunity to do this for your grandchildren! (and I have a great tour to China that would be just perfect…)

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  1. Lori Barstow says

    Happy Anniversary! What fun you must have had!!! Awesome idea. I love the picture and I want to see MORE!!! Love, Lori

  2. What a fabulous picture! What a beautiful crew! Glad to hear you had such a great time.

    Best wishes for a very happy anniversary!!!!

  3. Happy anniversary! What a great way to celebrate! And what great grandkids. I honestly don’t know if I would have wanted to spend nearly a week on a cruise ship with my grandparents – and I loved my grandparents! Very inspiring.

  4. I was at that wedding. We were so young and trusting. Mazal Tov on reaching this auspicious occasion and what a great way to celebrate. Now that our bigger grandkids are moving back East, I hope to do the same! Love, Sandy

  5. Dr Savta says

    Wow! The kids are moving back east! That’s wonderful! It was really such a joy… I’m going to write more about it in the next couple of days.

  6. Our kids are lucky to have such super grandparents!

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