Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Growing Old Together {inspiration}

Happy 59th Anniversary, Mema + Papa!! via fish...
Happy 59th Anniversary, Mema + Papa!! via fishsmith3
I would like to introduce you to D.C. and Wilma Lanier.  I am proud to share that this lovely couple are my grandparents and I am their oldest granddaughter.

This past year they celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary, what an inspiration to us all.  They are very proud of their 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  They are both in great health and stay very active.  Their philosophy is, if you don't use it, you lose it.

My Papa is still active in our family business while Mema spends her days quilting and gardening.  They are a generation that is very rare in today's time.  I was born exactly 50 years and 3 days after Mema.  It's hard to believe that she has been a "Lanier" three times longer than she was a "Brown" (her maiden name).  It makes me think about myself being married for only 10 years, however in another 10 and I will have been a Smith just as long as I would have been a Mitchell.  Crazy when you think about it like that!

In honor of their 59th Anniversary, I thought it would be fun to interview them.  While at our family dinner in celebration of their anniversary I was able to sneak in a few questions.  Here were their Q&A's.

Where was your first dinner together?

Mema:  Our first dinner I cooked bacon and eggs on a kerosine stove in a camper.  We had $16 to our name, $10 for rent and $6 to turn the electricity on.  {Before she can finish Papa chimes in....}

Papa: There sure weren't this many mouths to feed at the "first supper".  {He is referencing the 16 head of family eating in front of him :) }

What first attracted you to each other?

Mema:  He was good looking.  He was nice and polite.

Papa:  She was an attractive woman.  She wasn't attracted to me, I was just persistent.

If the walls in your house could talk about you what would they say?

Mema:  There has been a lot of love and hard work.  All he had to do was put his shoes under my bed and I was pregnant.

Papa:  How did you make it??

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Mema:  4 children, 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren

Papa:  Having all these good looking children and grandchildren.  To see they have done good.

What advice do you have for married couples?

Mema:  First thing is to know God and if you work together and be together.  Raise your children to know God.

Papa:  More giving than taking.

Who is your favorite grandchild?

Mema and Papa:  ALENA!!!  (Yes, I answered this one.)

What an inspiration they are to me.  I am so blessed to of had grandparents like my Mema and Papa.  They have truly made my childhood complete.  They always made their house my 2nd home and I was always welcome anytime.  I am so very thankful for them and I count them as one of my favorite blessings.
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