Last September our kids sent the following letter to one hundred or so of our friends and family members.
Dearest family and friends,
On November 24th of this year our parents will be celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary and as a gift to them we’ve decided to compile a book of letters about their lives together as told by the people they love most. Because of the role you have played in their lives, we consider your contribution to this book essential.
For your part in this gift, we’re asking that you use the enclosed piece of paper to write a letter to our parents containing a memory you have about them as a couple. The memory can be happy or heartfelt or silly, it’s up to you. We would like to print a photo to go alongside your letter, so if you have one that you’re especially fond of, please include it in your return envelope. Otherwise, we’ll do our best to dig one out of the Rosemary Photo Archive.
We ask the letter be written by hand, if possible, and returned to Kelly no later than September 30th. If you have questions, please reach out to Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org). Also, we ask that you keep this a secret from our parents. We’d like this to be a surprise.
Thank you for being such a special part of our parents’ lives.
Chad, Kelly, Corey and Bryan
From the letters they received from our grandkids, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and friends, the kids compiled a 110-page book which they gave to Mark and I on our 35th wedding anniversary. Each letter in the book is a priceless piece of artwork and I’d like to share a few of them now.
Our beautiful niece Allison Selter’s letter made me smile. Actually, it made me beam. Allison, with her beautiful penmanship, wrote:
I thought Uncle Mark and Aunt Rosemary had saints for children. I always thought (and saw) they never raised their voices to their children. Then one day we were at one of their kids’ graduations and the graduation speaker mentioned that Rosemary put soap in her kids’ mouths. I thought they did get into trouble and they have been disciplining them. So now I look at all of their kids and think they did a wonderful job raising them and they turned out just fine with a little discipline.
Another letter came from our dear friend Eric Sesselmann.
Mark, I pray for you as much or more than I do for Rosemary as I can see it is just as hard on partners when their loved one is ill. I can see the tenderness with which you assist and care for Rosemary and I am in absolute awe. Your relationship is the greatest love story I have ever seen. Your devotion to each other is beyond compare. I love you both.
Our nephew Matt Grimm also wrote a wonderful letter.
My relationship with Uncle Mark and Aunt Rosemary started to build when they were making the decision to send Chad, Kelly, Corey and Bryan to MCC. That period of time really made me feel like they respected and wanted my opinion even though I was only in the 6th grade.
There are even more beautiful letters that I hope to share in a later post.
Chad, Kelly, Corey and Bryan,
Our book of love letters is the best gift ever.
We love you all so much.
Mom and Dad