Monday, July 28, 2008

The people of Mill Creek: part 1

Yesterday, neighbors Pat & John Shields renewed their wedding vows to celebrate 40 years of marriage, at Holy Name Church on Broadway Avenue. We've known this extraordinary couple since our move-in date 10 years ago. They preceded us here by several months. 
Following the mass, family, friends and neighbors from Mill Creek partied and wished them well. It was one of those days, one of those life events, that helped to underscore how special this community is and how rich are our blessings: friends, neighbors, families, community. It's all here in Mill Creek. 

During his remarks at the reception, John spoke eloquently about what it took to create a solid foundation for a marriage and all the additional help Pat & John have received over the years, from many sources. In particular, he paraphrased a Zulu expression, which is apt: 
"A person is a person because of other people." 
(The original phrase is umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu, but John stuck to the English translation.) 

We are blessed indeed. 

The entire cake was edible, including the flowers. Pat had bid on the services of the baker during a Live Auction last summer at the summer benefit for the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes


Anonymous said...

What a nice description of the events of the day! I hope you know how highly my parents (and our whole family) think of you! The boys, especially, love coming to visit with you and the "kids". We're all glad you could be a part of this special day.

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