TRAVELS - A 50th Anniversary Poem
My sister and I found your web site and would like a poem for our parents anniversary. The details are as follows:
1. My Name; Anita LaBella
2. Please respond to my daughters email (withheld)
3. Written for: our parents, Willard and Laura Mengel for their 50th wedding anniversary which is October 25, 1951
4. Key Message:
Both our parents grew up in Amherst, Ohio. They still live in the same house that our father was born. They met at Sears.
Our mother was working in the credit department there and our father wanted credit to purchase tools so, he not only got the
credit and tools but a wife also. I guess Sears does have everything.
His tools were used throughout the years for himself and everyone he knew.
They raised 4.5 children in their time together, yes this is correct. My dad's son , Gary, didn't join us till he turned 40. And he fits right in.
Daughters are Pat, Nancy, Karen and Anita.
We all were raised in Amherst and attended Central School as did our parents, aunts and cousins.
The family enjoyed caping. We traveled from Maine to California and from Nova Scotia to Florida. We endured the desert heat and the
August snow at Yellow Stone. Along with every kind of insect there is.
As the miles turned on the odometer we sang some of our favorite songs, "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall "and our favorite especially
after 10 weeks on the road "I WANT TO GO HOME!"
We saw many things and experienced nature at it's fullest. Along with Gypsy's in Wisconsin, A Sheppard with his flock, Disney Land,
and every free food processing tour (Kelloggs, yum/ Green Giant, yuck/Hersey mmm!)
Our family grew up with a Lurtheran back ground. Easter morning started at 4:30 am to be at church at 6:00am. With one bathroom
for six people.
But we enjoyed waking up on Christmas morning not knowing parents just went to sleep.
Our pets ranged from dogs, cats, birds, goldfish, a turtle (that ran away) and a raccoon that just happened to follow someone home.
Our parents have been to all of the grandchildren's birth and enjoy their special events.
Our parents have many friends around the United States, some of which have moved and some they have met on their journey's.
We want them to know how much we love them and how grateful we are that they are our parents. They have given us many
opportunities during their 50 years of marriage.
5. We would like a happy style at the standard price of $69.50.
6. Charity of choice, American Heart Assoc.
7. The celebration is October 14, 2001
I do hope we have given you enough information and am looking forward to reading the poem. We will be putting this on a Master Card.
once was an electrician,
was certainly nobody's fool,
to the shops one day,
buy the odd sparky's tool.
this store was called Sears,
he needed to borrow a dime,
so one thing led to another,
eventually led to this little rhyme.
see, that was over fifty years ago,
that's how Mom and Dad met,
it turned into one helluva shopping trip,
neither of them would ever forget !
all these years have past,
thankfully, they've been ever so kind,
I think it'd be a good idea,
we shared a few things that are on our mind.
want them to know that we love them,
just how very grateful we are,
thanks to their special guidance,
all certainly travelled far.
on THAT road trip,
! Did we choose to roam,
singing went from "ninety nine bottles",
"show me the way to go home" !
traveled north and south,
traveled from east to west,
some magnificent sites,
out why the States is the best.
endured the desert heat,
August snow at Yellow Stone
every kind of insect,
they wouldn't leave us alone !
saw so many things,
nature in all its glory,
maybe there's a morale to this tale,
there's point to this story.
we've traveled through life too,
a few hills and crossed our dales,
you two have always been there for us,
never ending love never fails.
we just wanted to say thank you,
what these words are for,
know that we love you now,
we will always love you, for evermore.
Copyright Allen Jesson :) 2001
The first draft is great. the only changes would be Dad was an electrician not a farmer. Not everyone in Ohio lives on farms although our own family thinks we do. Also the green bottles was voted to become ''99 bottles" When the farmer is changed the tools will need to be changed too. Thanks , Anita