There Are Lots of Good People Around

Anniversary Party for my Parents at Their Church, Hendersonville, Tennessee. May 4, 2010.

I imagine that many of you have heard about the serious flooding that occurred last weekend in Nashville, Tennessee.  My parents live near Nashville in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Sunday, May 2, was my mother’s 90th birthday.  My sister and I had arranged for the altar flowers to honor both Mom and my parents’ 70th anniversary, which was on Wednesday, May 5.  Because of the high water my parents couldn’t get to church, and a party that had been planned for them Sunday evening also had to be cancelled.

But it takes more than a flood to keep good people down.  On Tuesday our friend Judy and a Sunday School class of young adults who have adopted Mom and Dad prepared a surprise anniversary party for my folks.  About 50 people managed to get to the church at noon on Tuesday for the celebration.

My parents are in the lower left-hand corner of the picture above.  Judy, who helped arrange the party, is the woman in green at the extreme right.  The young adults (with their children) belong to the Sunday School class that ‘adopted’ Mom and Dad.  Judy’s husband Charlie took the pictures.

Dad Singing Mom's Song, Hendersonville, Tennessee. May 4, 2010.

One of the high points of the party was when Dad sang a song he made up for Mom many years ago.  I really don’t know when he ‘wrote’ it — I first heard it on their 50th anniversary.  Charlie said there  wasn’t a dry female eye in the place after Dad sang.  Not bad for a singer who is almost 98!

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19 Responses to “There Are Lots of Good People Around”

  1. Susie Says:

    Oh that is so sweet! There really are some sweet people out there. I bet your dad’s song was precious! Thanks for this sweet post George!

  2. Jenn Jilks Says:

    What a terrible tragedy. My Muskoka friend’s sister wrote a song:

  3. Busy Bee Suz Says:

    George, your parents are such an inspiration to us all.
    I am glad that all the good folks were able to honor them both on their special day.
    Your dad is such a gem…I see where you got it from. So, have you written a song for Betsy yet???

  4. Karin Says:

    What a blessing that your parents still have each other. Happy Anniversary to your parents – our son and his wife share their anniversary day! And he is a composer too! Wow, so special.

    Such a tragedy about all the flooding!

  5. happyone Says:

    What a song that must be. How nice to hear of a couple still very much in love after all those years. 🙂 That gives us all hope!

  6. Rose Says:

    What a post! I almost have tears in my eyes just reading it….how blessed you are to have had loving parents.

  7. Tricia Says:

    OMGosh, my eyes aren’t dry either & I’m just reading about it, wasn’t actually there! That is soooo soooooo soooooooooooo SWEEEEET! God bless them both – Bless their hearts! 70 years together – ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLY AMAZING!!! Happy Anniversary to them both & Happy 90th to your momma!

  8. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    My word! How special this is and I’m so glad you shared it with us. And glad you have these pictures. Your dad seems like a real romantic. I think you look like him, too. Did you have a video camera to record to singing? It sounds like they attend an awesome church!

  9. Ruth Hiebrt Says:

    Way to go!! There are many good people around and some of these showed up to honor your parents.They all deserve a pat on the back.

  10. Antigoni Says:

    That is so romantic! Happy aniversary to your parents. I wish them all the love ,happiness and good health in the world, for many more years.
    And i wish these things for you two, too.

  11. Jen Says:

    This is awesome!
    Happy Birthday to your mom and anniversary to them both!
    They’ve raised a fine young man. 😉

  12. Leedra Says:

    At work I have been involved in the communication restorations in middle Tennessee, but never thought about your parents. I had thought of you and Betsy several times, but didn’t think it affected you two. Glad your parents made it through the storms and were able to have their wonderful celebration.

  13. imac Says:

    Nice and loving shots George.

  14. NCMountainwoman Says:

    What a warm and moving post, George. You are blessed indeed.

  15. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: That was a really wonderful time for your parents.

  16. Becky Says:

    How wonderful…I love it!!!

  17. Mary Says:

    How wonderful! Your dad must be a real sweetheart to write songs for his bride 🙂 I’m glad that the church family showered them with blessings and that they are safe from the flooding. You must be very proud of your parents and your love for them shows in your posts.

  18. Cheryl Says:

    There are indeed, wonderful people who look out for others in the world! What an amazing group of people to look out for your parents and honor your Mom’s birthday and their 70th wedding anniversary! And how precious it must have been to hear your dad sing your mom’s song!

  19. MaryBeth Says:

    How exciting for your folks. And how wonderful for the young people who ‘adopted’ them. Your folks are in a class by themselves. MB

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