Full Name : Dee Ashworth
Who do you want the poem written for? My Grandparents, Thelma and Emerson Putnam
Why do you want the poem written? To be read at their 50th Wedding Anniversary party on Feb. 22, 2003; as a gift from their children and grandchildren.
Key Messages: Based on the strong qualities they have taught us taught us through the years. When I think of my Grandparents I think of the following......
Integrity: I can't remember a time when a lie was told, or a debt not paid.
Faith: Incredible, unquestionable faith in God; that is absorbed by everyone who they touch.
Forgiveness: Willing to overlook others shortcomings, to maintain strengthen relationships.
Commitment: To their family, and each other.
Thelma has a reputation for being sort of a "klutz." Her knees were
weakened by a car accident and she has taken numerous spills over
the years. Once she nearly cut off her finger on a wire cart when she tripped over the sidewalk. We all want to know if these
had anything to do with them buying a house that was literally, a walk across
the parking lot, to a community hospital! Most recently Thelma tripped on the
church stairs and broke her help, we are all so thankful she has completely
*Bud recently had cataracts removed and had to put up with a whole lot
of harassment...that Thelma had finally had enough, and gave him a
beauty of a shiner!
*Bud has eaten a bowl of Cream of Wheat every morning for the past
50 years! Whenever they vacation, Thelma packs it for him in his
*Thelma and Bud always work as a team, for instance, whenever Bud
can't get the car started, Thelma just walks out and starts it right up!
*Thelma had pitch black hair for the first 75 years of her life. No gray
without using hair dye! This has been a problem since her daughter
turned gray 20 years before she did! Many through the years thought
they were sisters. PS, I (her granddaughter) dye my gray to avoid
being put counted in as a sister!
*Thelma, having prayed for years that her son Ray would find a new
wife finally gave up and decided she would take "the lord helps those
who help themselves" into her own hands. She set up a blind date
for her 50 year old divorced son with a neighbor -- they were married
six months later!
*Bud is a high school sports enthusiast. You will find him every football
Friday in his seat in the stands rooting on the Piqua Indians, for the
past 60+ years! He also supports basketball, baseball, and girls
Other Comments: I thought I would share some background with you, so you
can get to know my grandparents through our eyes.....
Thelma and Emerson "Bud" Putnam were married Feb. 20, 1953. I know
that Thelma feels God answered her prayers by sending her Bud; and he feels it was the best day of his life. This was a second marriage for both of them. From previous marriages she brought a daughter, Dixie, who was 14; he brought two sons Richard who was 3, and Ray who was 2. A year later they added a son together, Ron. She was primarily a housewife, he worked and retired from a factory. They were both actively involved with the kids, taking them fishing, and picnicking. He coached Little League when the boys played baseball. Thelma was always busy sewing, tending flowers and plants, and making things for her home and family.
They both value family. They are very supportive of their grown children, and always willing to lend a hand. They have seven grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. They share their anniversary date with Grandson Ben, who was married on the same date in 1999. For several years they traveled, and spent a week a month taking care of her elderly mother, so she could live out her life in her home, and not have to be placed in a nursing home. Thelma is the family organizer.
She plans all the clan gatherings, and reunions. (She is not at all happy that we are not letting her help plan this event!) And talk about, "all in the family".... her daughter married his youngest brother! This means Mother and Daughter shared the same Mother-In-Law! (and we don't even live in Kentucky!)
Both have an incredible, undying faith in God. They attend church services several times per week, and belong to a prayer cell. The line, "you gave me faith, because you believed" certainly applies to them. We all have absorbed faith, through their example. They turn to the lord time and time again, in good and bad times. One "bad" time, was when Thelma and the boys were in a serious car accident. As they lay waiting for the ambulance to take them to the hospital, Thelma, with serious injuries herself, reached out for her sons and encouraged them to pray. She knew God would hear, and take care of them. It is this extreme faith that led their youngest son into the seminary, and to pursue a career as a minister. Thelma taught bible school, Sunday school to preschoolers, and gave weekly services at a local nursing home for years. Bud also supported the church, and could always be found standing over a hot fire pit flipping chicken for the First Church of Gods annual Fourth of July Chicken Dinner Sale. Thelma always did her part at this event as well, manning the pie booth ---- watching her Mother-In-Laws pies sell out by the dozen!
The homes that the "kids" grew up in have long since been demolished. But, Bud and Thelma remain permanent "fixtures" in their family and community. Their love and faith is truly a blessing for their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Style: Happy, Touching, with some Humor.
Package Type: Unique......I found your buried treasure!
Last Thoughts: I know I gave you a lot of information, I just hope you can
make some sense out of it!
Thanks for the rewrite -- it's perfect!