Old age comes with torn memories. Moments of past become the only food for living. Older family members like to cherish happy times rather than dark days. Children and grandchildren of a family network spread their hands of moral support to elders but the physical distance remains there unaffected. Don’t we think sudden surprises or a few flicks of family moments often serve as the best solutions in strengthening relationships? Believe it; these open up a fresh bundle of joy and we forget to feel alone or left behind. These short and sweet flicks build and maintain family bonds for times to come. The story of Esther and his beloved husband re-establishes this idea as the modern day technology is instrumental in bridging the gap between social and family life. Let’s read on.
‘The morning dawned on a cloudy, gray day. Esther sat outside her little house at a small table on her backyard deck. A light mist fell on the large yard, setting the green blades of grass and the leaves of the oak and maple trees shimmering wanly in the dull light.
Esther smiled as she watched birds flutter down to bathe in her marble bird bath. A few squirrels scampered across her yard to climb the trees, and a couple climbed the pole standing at the far end of the yard where she had a squirrel feeder hanging. A cute gray bunny hopped out to the bushes to nibble on some clover near the bird bath, setting a few birds flying off in startled surprise.
Esther heard the screen door behind her open followed by heavy footsteps on the deck behind her. She turned in her chair to see her husband of forty years smiling down at her. She tucked a strand of gray hair behind her ear and smiled back at him. He set a tray of with a tea pot and cups down on the table and took a seat next to her.
“Good morning. I was hoping to see a beautiful sunrise this morning, just like I did that morning all those years ago, but it turned out to be cloudy instead. Do you remember that sunrise?”
He nodded and smiled wistfully. “The morning I proposed to you? How could I forget. It was the happiest day of my life. We were taking a stroll along the beach, and I knelt down to pretend to tie my shoe, and held a ring out to you instead. It made the happiest man alive when you accepted it.”
She smiled and sipped her tea. “And a year later, we got married. It’s hard to believe it’s been forty years now, isn’t it? Where has the time gone, Harold?”
“I know. But it’s been a happy forty years, hasn’t it? So many ups and downs. But we’re still here, and we have a great family. Three terrific kids and five lovely grandchildren. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
“Me neither. I just wish the kids would keep in touch more.”
“I know. But they are busy with their own families now. We have to give them space.”
“Yes. I know.” She paused to watch the animals for a few moments and sip her tea. “Have you heard anything from the kids lately? About our anniversary?”
Harold shook his head. “No. Kerri said something a couple of weeks ago about maybe making plans, but I haven’t heard anything recently.”
“You don’t think they forgot, do you?”
“I don’t think so. You know them. They’re probably planning some sort of surprise.”
A short, sharp beep sounded from Harold’s pants pocket and he pulled out his cell phone. There was a notification from the LYKAPP his daughter Kerri had installed on it to help them keep track of family happenings. He opened the app to see an update on the organizer function. There was a note on the calendar for that day. “See,” he said with a grin, showing it to Esther, “I told you they would surprise us.”
Esther looked at the note on the calendar and let out a small gasp. “Reservations for dinner, with the whole family! That means Kerri, Jason, and Margo, and all the grandchildren will be there! We haven’t all been together like this in a long time. Oh, and it’s at our favorite restaurant! How lovely! This will be a great anniversary!”
“Yes, it will, my dear. Happy anniversary, Esther.”
“Happy anniversary, Harold.”
They clicked their tea cups together and shared a small kiss.’