Twentyfive years ago today we were sweating it out… big pink dresses & tuxedos, baking in the sultry July heat.  How did that bride get us to wear those flowery halos after all?  Styles may change, but some things stand the test of time.  Fortunately for us, the family is one.  And while I may never again willingly encircle my head with a gaggle of silk flowers, there’s not much my cousins and I can’t count on each other for.  I unearth the old photos to make this sketch in honor of the day… many of us have not changed all that much.  But I see our tiny flower girl… now she’s all grown with a baby girl of her own.  And one of us is missing from this picture, lost way too soon and so very dearly missed from our tight circle.  Who could have known the changes these years would bring… the things we would celebrate, and endure… together.

So today I’m dropping off this little sketch to a life long friend, and thinking about those photos, and our family…

I may wonder about what the coming years may bring…
but I know who I will share it with.
And hey, your dress was so much prettier than ours!  ;)  Cent’Anni!  Clink-Clink!

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1 Comment to Twentyfive

  1. Rosanne's Gravatar Rosanne
    July 12, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Andrea, I got your email while on vacation which turns out to be a great thing. I actually had the time read your wonderful words and enjoy your sketch of Maria’s beautiful dress. I too remember sweating it out particularly on the gazebo at the Demarest Duck Pond in pink. Let’s just chalk up the styles to the 80s… ;) I think back to all the terrific vacations our families shared together as kids and all those backyard parties in the summertime.Grandma’s 4th of July poolside parties are still some of my best childhood memories. Cousins make the best friends. I’m so fortunate to have been blessed with the best they come! Happy 25th Maria & John!