What's more, in this day and age when the divorce rate is around 50%, and when so many people seem to be out for themselves first -- or themselves alone -- mom and dad continue to serve as the greatest, sweetest example of what love and respect and This is really a beautiful occasion -- the 50th wedding anniversary, the GOLDEN anniversary -- of our parents, Warren and Ann-Marie Rodriguez. On behalf of my brothers, I'll say this: We three have sure been lucky to have those two as our parents. We always felt that way.
When we were young, mom and dad had their hands full trying to make ends meet. Dad drove a truck, mom went back for her nursing degree. During the week, mom was away, at school. My point is this: Dad was the one who cooked for us. We had more chipped beef on toast than the US Army in both world wars. That's not a complaint. Far from it. We were always well-fed, and well-loved.
Dad always lit mom's cigarettes. He never lit one for himself without lighting one for her, too. All that lighting up, we're convinced, led to dad's carpal tunnel diagnosis. Of course, the happiest ending of all to this little story is that mom and dad quit smoking years ago.
In 1964, dad and his brother and their uncle opened a restaurant/bowling alley. We all worked there and it was great. Dad sold that place years ago, but mention the Casa Nova to anybody in our community, to this day, and they still remember it with a lip-smacking smile.
For family, for friends, for stray animals, for anyone, mom and dad have been there with help and kindness and love. Their generosity -- in every way -- is amazing, and inspiring. I can tell you a million stories, including the one of when our widowed uncle died and left three young boys, mom and dad took those boys into our home and raised them.
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On behalf of my brothers, we thank you all so much for sharing this wonderful occasion with us. And we ask you to join...