Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fathers and Sons

In 2001, Raymond and Catherine Killian were headed toward their 50th wedding anniversary.  They made plans to celebrate the occasion at the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York.  Ray came up with the notion that his wife should finally have an engagement ring.  It was a brilliant idea.  If ever a lady deserved a meaningful piece of jewelry for so many years of devoted service, it was my lovely mother-in-law.

David drove his father to the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, Long Island. Together, they picked out a quality stone in a very tasteful setting.  My husband put the purchase on his credit card, so Mom wouldn't see the charge on his parents' bill and have the surprise spoiled.

As an added bonus, lots of Killians were scheduled to show up at Mohonk during their stay to help celebrate.  Catherine just adored when all of us kids were together.  She truly was happiest during these moments.  Her love was a marvelous thing.

Dave spoke with his dad by phone several times before the weekend, ironing out the particulars of the big event.
"You can't mention anything, Ray."
"I won't," he said.
They chatted some more about other things and before they hung up, Ray asked, "Are you sure you can't come with us?"  He sounded confused.  So was Dave.
"We'll meet you there," my husband assured him.
"Okay.  Fantastic," Ray responded.

What a wonderful time we had the weekend of the anniversary, celebrating Catherine and Ray's life together.  Mom was positively tickled pink!  The next day, she and David took a little walk around the lake.  He shared with her our plans to start a family.  She couldn't have been more pleased.  Dave explained how his outing with Ray had been very enlightening.  It helped him realize how nice it would be to have someone take him to the jewelry store someday when he got old.

Later on while father and son sat together relaxing, David prompted his dad.
"Hey, that's a really nice ring your wife's got there," he said.
"Indeed," Ray Killian replied.  "It's just that I had no idea you'd all be here."
Sometimes in an instant, vague things become clear.  What we suspect might be happening, actually is.  Ray's twilight was upon us.  In most cases, I think knowing feels better than wondering.

When one chapter ends, another begins.  Sometimes, scenes overlap - just like this.  Each remains a very significant part of the story.  We must keep turning the pages.

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