Yes, today is Father’s Day. So, Happy Father’s Day! (Even though 73% of my blog readers are actually female.)
But for my parents, it’s an especially epic day: Exactly 40 years ago today, my parents got married.
The date was June 18, 1977. My dad was 20. My mom was 19.
And now, 40 years later, they have two children and four grandchildren.
For their special 40th wedding anniversary, they decided to go big, as it was literally years in the making:
They had been planning and putting aside $20 a week, for the past few years, to fund their tropical vacation/anniversary celebration in Hawaii.
And now, after a whole week spent in the Aloha State, my parents are back.
The whole time they were out there, my mom kept me up to speed by sending me pictures from her phone. I am glad my parents were not shy about asking strangers to take their photos, at each place along the way.
So much for taking it easier. Instead of the word vacation, it seemed more like an expedition!
They were so proud of the Mazda 3 they rented and were able to go exploring in.
It is obvious they made the most of their journey to Hawaii. Instead of just hanging under an umbrella on the beach all day, they were on the move!
Among many other adventures, they hiked a volcano, swam in a waterfall, and visited Pearl Harbor where they met a 97 year-old survivor of the attack.
Not to mention, they definitely enjoyed the local cuisine.
It’s funny because if it were my wife and I taking this trip, I am convinced we wouldn’t have been so ambitious! But my parents were dedicated to making the most of their 40th wedding anniversary celebration.
They got their money’s worth.
And now, they will have these memories as their souvenirs.
Happy 40th Anniversary to my parents!