60th Wedding Anniversary Gift

A great idea for any 60th wedding anniversary, A Gift of Poetry is a truly romantic way of expressing your innermost thoughts and feelings.


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(Here's a good example of what can be achieved. Lisa wanted something special for her parents for their 60th wedding anniversary. Lisa has kindly given her permission for her poem and

story to be published)


Field of Dreams


What is your name : Lisa Markley

Who do you want the poem written for: Mom and Dad  (Kenneth and Vivian Fread)

Why do you want the poem written: I want to Thank them for everything they have done for me.  It is going to be a gift for their 60th Wedding Anniversary

What are the key messages you would like to send: Mom and Dad found out at the age of 40 that they were going to have another baby. Me!!!  They already had 4 other children.  My brother, Roger, is the oldest, Barbara is next and then Nancy.  Nancy took a lot of mom and dads time as she couldn't walk, talk or take care of herself at all.  Mom and dad did everything for her.  When Nancy was 4 years old they took her to a home that took care of children like her.  It was very hard on them to let her go.  Then they had Patricia.  Unfortunately she died soon after her birth.  Then several years later they had me.  Can you imagine what went through their head.  My sisters and brother were so much older than I was.  When I went to Kindergarten they were leaving to go out on their own.  It was like I was the only child. I want my mom and dad to know how thankful I am for everything that they did for me.  They taught me to love, care and trust people.  They taught me to work hard.  No matter what I know that I can count on them.  They are the best parents in the world and I want them to know how much I love them.  

Do you have any funny, sad, happy, embarrassing or otherwise memorable moments that you would like to share: My mom is a wonderful cook.  She makes the best pies and homemade bread.  The whole family loves her chicken and noodles.  Now she is teaching my kids, Kayla and Cody how to make these things.  My dad was a hard worker all of his life.  While he was in the service he broke his back.  He has always had back and hip pain for as long as I can remember.  He never let this stop him from working hard.  He and mom built a golf course and ran it for 7 years.  They took a corn field and made it into the most beautiful golf course in Iowa.  They got up every morning early and worked until late at night.  They loved their work so you never heard them complain.  When I was in high school they were very supportive.  They came to every one of my basketball game and golf meets.  They would bring their motor home to the golf meets and in between rounds would make lunch for the whole team and coaches.  When I was going through my divorce mom and dad took me into their home and took care of me.  I had a baby at that time, Kayla, and they were wonderful to her too.  They helped me get back on my feet and gave me hope that life would get better.

Do you have any other comments or thoughts: I am not good with words and hope that you can convey to my parents how much I love them.  I love them so much and want them to know that because of them I am who I am.  I care, love and trust  people.  I am a hard worker.  I love my family.  I have a husband and two kids.  Kayla (20)  Cody (16)

What style of poem would you prefer (happy, sad, romantic etc.)
: Happy and Sad

Please choose which package you would prefer: Deluxe



Field of Dreams
I can't believe it's been sixty years,
it was sixty years ago that you were wed,
and now I've got some thoughts on my mind,
yes, there's a few heartfelt words that need to be said.
Firstly, I just wanted to say thank you,
I'd like to thank you for everything that you've done,
your love has been my inspiration, my light,
in every way you've been my morning sun.
And I know you were forty when I came along,
so you could say I was a little late on the scene,
but all through my life I know I've been blessed,
because I have the greatest parent's there's ever been.
I also know life wasn't all plain sailing,
and at times, those adverse winds blew pretty hard,
but you never let that sorrow get the better of you,
even though you must have felt a little battle scarred.
My sisters and brother were so much older than me,
when I was in kindergarten they were striking out on their own,
in truth, it felt like I was the only child,
and I'm very grateful for all the love that you've shown.
You taught me to love, care and trust people,
I appreciate all the lessons that you've taught,
you shared your values and you taught me to work hard,
and I always knew I had your unconditional support.
Mom, you're simply a wonderful cook,
 although, by now, this should come as no surprise,
your homemade bread is to die for,
and of course, who could forget your delicious pies?
The whole family loves your chicken and noodles,
and now you're passing that family tradition on,
you're teaching Kayla and Cody how to make these things,
and your love for them has always brightly shone.
Dad, you've been a hard worker all your life,
quite amazing really, with your broken back,
I know you've lived with a lot of pain,
but stoic determination is a quality you've never lacked.
You built and ran the golf course for seven years,
you took a corn field and made it a field of dreams,
you got up early and worked late every night,
you've always been one of the world's uncomplaining teams.
When I was in high school you were supportive,
you come to every one of my basketball games and golf meets,
in between rounds you'd make lunch for the meets whole team,
no wonder we were so very hard to beat.
When I was going through my divorce,
you took me in, and once again, took care of me,
you were also so very wonderful to Kayla,
you gave me the hope that my future would be a place to be.
And I can never repay for that hope,
I could never say enough thanks for giving me your love,
but I will thank my lucky stars,
because I know I've been blessed by your love.
And I know that we can't all be here tonight,
but their spirit lives on within us all,
and I just wanted to say thank you,
because of your love, I walk about ten feet tall.
And the field of dreams you built back then,
well, now I've got a field of dreams that's all mine,
and I just wanted to say I love you,
but I thought I'd save that to the very last line.
But actually I also wanted to say Happy 60th Anniversary,
I guess that's really what these words are for,
here's to you Mom and Dad, you're wonderful,
and here's to at least another sixty more.
Copyright Allen Jesson :) 2004


"I just had to write you another little note.  I have read this poem over and over and can't seem to get through it with dry eyes.  I read it to my sister and she loved it also.  God has blessed you with a wonderful talent.  Thank you for sharing it with me. Lisa"



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