This weekend a very special couple is celebrating 50 years of marriage. Neal and Annette went to PLU with my parents, and in the early 90s they returned to the USA after living most of their lives overseas. I will never forget riding through downtown Portland on the way to a Boka Marimba concert. Neal was at the wheel, and he went the wrong way on a one-way street. His defense was "that's the way they do it in Egypt!"
At a dinner the other night celebrating an amazing young woman who is going off to college, Annette shared the story of how she met the love of her life. She was working food service at PLU, and Neal came through the food line. The next thing she knew, they were running through a field together, hand in hand! (Okay, so I'm sure I missed a few details along the way, but those are the two images I remember most from the story!)
|On the shores of Lake Chelan,|
before going to Holden Village in 2005
|They lived in Costa Rica a few years ago,|
and my parents had a great time visiting them
|My all-time favorite of Neal and Annette!|
Neal is a gifted musician, but he's also incredibly humble and self-effacing. I don't think he has any clue how naturally talented he is. When I tell him, he just turns embarassed...but I will shout it from the rooftops on my blog!
|Annette with Tarun, their beautiful grandson,|
when he was a baby
|Neal with Tarun|
|Coming to see Chris in "Grease" in middle school|
|Coming to watch Kieran in "Frankenstein: The Little Monster"|
(A few weeks ago they went to see "Pinocchio" with Nandita and Tarun)
|Reading a poem on Burns Night|
|Another favorite photo!|
|Celebrating Annette's and my mother-in-law's birthdays in April--|
Mike must have said something obnoxious!
|Nicholas' second birthday--|
He's always had a special relationship with Neal and Annette,
because they used to watch him that year one morning a week