12 June 2006

Happy Anniversary, Mama and OM

Today would have been Mama and OM’s 48th wedding anniversary. I don’t think there are many men who loved and adored a woman as much as OM loved Mama.

OM and Mama dancing to “Billy Jean”
at Buck and Leigh Ann’s wedding (June 15, 1985

They rented a cabin near Gatlinburg to celebrate last year’s anniversary. They had a great time that weekend — driving around the mountains, enjoying the view from the deck, just hanging out. OM took Mama out to dinner, and was tickled that he could eat just about anything he wanted — including two trips to the salad bar. He loved salad bars.

Mama and OM, Thanksgiving 2004

OM’s health began deteriorating right after they got back, and he passed away two months later. I’m glad they had one last great travel weekend.

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At 6/12/2006 02:01:00 PM, Blogger Professor Bastard said...

I think this is a beautiful and touching tribute to your parents.

At 6/12/2006 02:06:00 PM, Anonymous Renae said...

I agree with the professor. How nice that the universe gave them that happy memory to keep. How nice that they took it.

At 6/12/2006 05:04:00 PM, Blogger jo(e) said...

What a sweet story.

At 6/13/2006 02:28:00 PM, Anonymous HollyC said...

I love that you remember what song they are dancing to in that great photo (I wouldn't have guessed "Beat It")

At 6/13/2006 02:33:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

It was easy to remember. Buck, Leigh Ann, and the parents had just finished the traditional dance ... "Beat It" started up ... the rest of 'em left the dance floor ... and Mama and OM went from waltzing to rocking. Loved watching them dance together; OM knew how to move his feet.

At 6/14/2006 09:38:00 PM, Anonymous dayle said...

Jesus Christ Beth - make me cry already. :-(


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