50th Anniversary

Bikers at Bill and Mary's 50th Anniversary Party

Bikers at Bill and Mary’s 50th Anniversary Party

The highlight of this weekend was Bill and Mary’s 50th anniversary party. Their reception was held on Saturday night, at nearby Fontbonne University. We had the shortest commute of anyone there. The hall is only half-a-mile from home. Mary is a mathematics professor there. Bill is retired from McDonnell Douglas. We know Bill and Mary through Team Kaldis and our MS-150 charity work. We ride together. Two more kind and loving people I cannot think of. I want to wish them both a very happy 50th anniversary. The fruits of their marriage were on full display last night and there were a lot of them, too many for me to accurately count, between all their children and their grandchildren. They both have much to be proud of, congrats!

As preamble to this party, I got my hair cut on Saturday. Sitting in the stylist’s chair, she asked me, “What exciting things are you going to do this Saturday night?” I told her I was going to a 50th anniversary party. She replied that I was the second person who told her that today. A woman, sister to the groom, had been in earlier in the morning. The stylist said that she had coiffed her hair to be big and white, but with the day’s humidity she didn’t expect the big to last long. She was right, because when I introduced myself to Mary Lee that night her hair was straight and white.

Anne and I sat at the biker’s table. There were all of the usual suspects. It was good seeing everyone again. They had a DJ there who doubled as master of ceremonies. Anne got me up to dance with her. During dinner storms rolled in and first my phone and then others started getting weather alerts. We were in a gymnasium, so the thought of a tornado ripping off its roof did cross my mind, but it turned out to be nothing. Everyone seemed to have a good time and I again wish Bill and Mary a very happy 50th wedding anniversary.

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