We went to the beach last week with J.C.'s family, in part to celebrate his parents' 50th wedding anniversary. Fifty years! Fifty! Five-oh! Half a century! Five decades! Not many marriages make it to the golden anniversary these days. It is truly something to celebrate.
When they were married, John F. Kennedy was president and Lyndon B. Johnson was vice president. The year they were married, you could buy gas for $0.30/gallon, a stamp for $0.05, milk for $1.04/gallon, a car for $2,300, and a house for $19,300. Sidney Poitier took home the Best Actor Academy Award that year, and Tom Jones won Best Picture. Some of the top songs were Blue Velvet by Bobby Vinton, He's So Fine by the Chiffons, and My Boyfriend's Back by the Angels. On television, Bonanza, The Andy Griffith Show, Leave it to Beaver, The Fugitive, and The Dick Van Dyke Show were all popular. The week they were married, the Ayatollah Khomeini was arrested in Iran, and the Rolling Stones made their first TV appearance.
Now, fifty years later, J.C.'s mom and dad are parents to two, grandparents to five, aunt and uncle to many, and still very much in love.
One of the things J.C.'s mom wanted for her anniversary was a nice family portrait. I hope she is happy with these. Considering we were using a tripod and a timer, I think they turned out pretty well. She loves the beach just as much as I do, so I think the beach was the perfect setting for both an anniversary celebration with family and also a family photograph.