On a wonderful sunny day, March 10th, 2016, we are here to celebrate a very special occasion, the gathering of a strong family, the “Strong” family. I know that we don’t all carry that name all of the time, but we all have one thing in common. We love and support the spouses that were born with it.
Names may change but the love and connections that we have with each other are an enduring thing. We all can remember our parents with great pride and respect. They were the mainspring of our lives from the time we were born. No matter what was going on in their lives, we were the focus of their attention, our schools, our church, our friends, all of these were at the forefront of their lives every day, and that never changed no matter how old we got.
As a group our ages span the length of twelve years. Nevertheless we basically have had the same experiences, seen the same family experiences as children, watched the world as it changed from a world at war in the 1940’s, and evolved into the world we live in today. Our lives have gone in many different directions, we have accomplished many things that we could never have even imagined as children, and now here we are.
We are sitting together, all eight of us, in the sunshine in Florida and that in itself is a wonderful and miraculous thing. For a few months of each year we live within a few miles of each other, and we can get together to celebrate it. All families are not so lucky, but we are, and we can appreciate it as we break bread together today.
So I salute you, the “Strong” family. We have come a long way together. Our individual families will follow us with the knowledge that we love and appreciate them just as our parents did for us.
We are a lucky bunch, the “Strongs”, and we will be looking forward to our gathering next year.